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 does Moll want to become?

2. What does the narrator say has been left out of the story?

3. What does Moll suspect about her landlady and the gentleman?

4. What does the gentleman at Bath give Moll?

5. What has Moll heard about the gentleman she is considering marriage to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the novel begin?

2. How does Moll become closely involved with a wealthy man in Bath?

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

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

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

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

7. As the story opens, why does the writer not reveal her real name?

8. How does the gentleman react when he learns of Moll's pregnancy?

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

10. What excuse does the older brother give for not marrying Moll right away?

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 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 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on child labor. Start with the way it was in Moll's day and note how changes have been made in Europe and America. Discuss the bad effects on exploited children and places in the world where child labor is still a problem.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the stages of going deeper and deeper into a life of crime. Use the example of how Moll began by lying, then graduated into marrying under false pretenses, then became a whore, and finally became a professional thief. Compare that descent into criminality to an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

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