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 Topic 1
Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on how poverty sometimes leads to crime. Use the situation in mid 18th century England as a starting point and then make your essay more general. Discuss who is really at fault when the poor resort to stealing.
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 on the novel as a moral lesson. As noted in the Preface, novels of Defoe's day needed to teach some sort of moral lesson. Good always triumphs over evil, and evil is always punished. Express your idea as to whether Defoe was subtly rejecting that notion with the writing of MOLL FLANDERS. Give examples from the novel to back up your opinion.
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