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. Where does Moll learn that men find a mistress sometimes, but very rarely look for a wife?

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

3. How does Moll say she and the older brother behaved in the house of an acquaintance when they were alone?

4. What happens to her draper husband?

5. What is Moll looking for after the death of her first husband?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Moll put off the younger brother's proposal of marriage?

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

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

5. What does Moll know about her mother?

6. Listening to her mother-in-law, what does Moll suddenly realize?

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

8. What happens to Moll after her husband dies?

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

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

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 self-justification. Start with Moll and show how she justified everything she did, excusing herself on the grounds of poverty. From the example, discuss how people tend to make allowances for themselves when they would condemn other people for doing the same things.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on your opinion of Defoe's literary style in presenting Moll Flanders as though she wrote the book herself. Do you think it is effective? How would it be different written in the third person?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages the position of women in 18th century England and in the colonies. Define the limitations placed on women, their responsibility regarding having children, their lack of rights when a marriage or relationship breaks up, the kind of labor they are limited to doing and the pay scale they are offered.

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