Moll Flanders Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the younger brother protest about with his sister?

2. What is the assumption left up to the reader in the Preface?

3. How does the elder brother begin his chase of Moll?

4. Where does Moll take up residence after returning from Virginia?

5. What does Moll agree to do for the gentleman during his sickness?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Moll learn about the Men who visit Bath during the summer season?

2. As the story opens, why does the writer not reveal her real name?

3. Under what condition does Moll arrive back in England.

4. What is the final payoff and the conditions to Moll to release the gentleman to whom she had been mistress?

5. To Moll's chagrin, what does the older brother insist that she do?

6. What solution do Moll and her husband-brother come up with to resolve the situation?

7. After some repentance for their sleeping together, what do Moll and the gentleman do?

8. What happens to Moll's heart when the older brother takes an interest in her?

9. What are the stories her mother-in-law tells that eventually reveal she was herself transported from Newgate prison to America?

10. What happens when Moll is only 14-years-old?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the value of goods that Moll stole as opposed to their value today. Many of Moll's thefts involved fabrics such as silk. Another thing was plate (items made of silver). Explain what that tells about the value of such items in the 18th century. Discuss how these are not the things usually taken in robberies today.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the subject of penitence. Point out what real penitence is. Discuss how Moll's penitence looks less like sorrow for her sins and more like sorrow that she was caught. Contrast her with the governess who seems to be genuinely sorry for her past life at the end of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages comparing MOLL FLANDERS to the novel, TOM JONES by Henry fielding. There is no need to read the entire novel. Simply point out similarities in characters, behaviors, use of language, point of view of the authors, and attempts to portray the stories as real histories.

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