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 narrator say results from any wicked action in the book?

2. Why does Moll go to the aid of the young woman next door to her?

3. What does the narrator say about the final scene in the story?

4. What does the narrator hope the reader will be more pleased with?

5. What spared Moll's mother's life when she was condemned to die?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the editor claim about Moll's new life in the American colonies?

2. How does Moll escape capture when a former partner in crime gets caught by the police?

3. As a child what does Moll want that amuses the Mayor's wife and her Nurse?

4. What kind of reputation does Moll earn from the underground, criminal community?

5. What is Defoe's stated purpose in presenting this book?

6. Why is Moll so popular up north?

7. How is Moll finally caught red handed?

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

9. In Newgate, who is the leader of a rebel gang brought in for trial?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on Why I Would Not Like to Live in 18th Century England. Include in your essay the odds against being born into wealth or nobility, the modern conveniences that were not even dreamed of in that time, and the injustices against women and children.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the slavery of British criminals in the American colonies. Note any differences between those people transported from England and the black slaves who were bought like cattle. Point out how the British criminals could eventually buy their way out of servitude. Use Moll and James as examples of transported criminals able to start a new life in the colonies.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on child labor. Start with the way it was in Moll's day and note how changes have been made in Europe and America. Discuss the bad effects on exploited children and places in the world where child labor is still a problem.

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