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. Why does the narrator say it is difficult to have a private biography taken seriously?

2. What does her tradesman turn out to be?

3. After the gentleman lover nearly dies, what happens to him?

4. What does the narrator say about Moll's being penitent?

5. What happens to her draper husband?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who takes Moll in after the death of the Nurse?

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

4. What is Moll's experience with her second husband?

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

6. How does Moll marry for the third time?

7. What is the purpose of the preface to Moll Flanders?

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

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

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

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 detailing three major types of transportation in the novel--horseback, the carriage, and boats and ships. Express your opinion on how such limited means of transportation affected 18th century life. Point out the hardships involved with each type of transportation. Discuss how means of transportation began to evolve in the 19th century because of a need for better ways of getting around.

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 the subject of penitence. Point out what real penitence is. Discuss how Moll's penitence looks less like sorrow for her sins and more like sorrow that she was caught. Contrast her with the governess who seems to be genuinely sorry for her past life at the end of the novel.

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