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

2. What does Moll want to become?

3. Why does she use the name of Moll Flanders?

4. What does the sister tell her older brother about having money but not great beauty when looking for a husband?

5. How do Moll and the young woman next door get even with the young captain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the complication that arises in the new family where Moll lives?

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

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

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

5. What apology does the editor make about the content of the book?

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

7. How does Moll protest the older brother's suggestion?

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

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

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

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 how the tastes of a majority of society at any given time affect the way writers tell their tales. Begin with the profuse apology of Defoe in the Preface that the story contains lewd behavior that has been edited and his insistence that the story is presented for its moral lesson. Give your opinion as to whether Defoe is writing tongue in cheek to satisfy the criticism he believes the novel will incur. Give examples as to how such circumspection has changed over the centuries.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages the disparity between the rich and the poor in 18th century England and the colonies. Discuss to what extent that disparity is directly related to feudalism and how it affected the history of the British colonies in America.

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