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

2. Moving in with a friend, what does Moll come to be called?

3. What shows the other brother's intentions that Moll does not understand?

4. When does Moll realize the older brother only wants her as a mistress?

5. What does Moll discover about her husband in Virginia?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does James tell Moll as she departs for London?

3. What is Moll's life like at first in Virginia?

4. How does Moll meet the next man she becomes involved with when she is forty-two-years old?

5. What happens to Moll after her husband dies?

6. How is the governess able to set Moll up with the baronet after she robbed him in the carriage?

7. What is Moll's problem in Virginia?

8. How does Moll eventually project her guilt onto someone else?

9. Where do Moll and James end up after Newgate?

10. What happens to the child after it is born?

Essay 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 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 3

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.

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