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 the landlady charge Moll for lodging during the winter at Bath?

2. To what does the narrator compare his novel?

3. Why does the mistress come to talk with Moll while she sews a shirt?

4. How does Moll compare herself to the gentleman at Bath?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Moll do after the man falls into a drunken sleep?

2. What assistance does she get from the landlady at the rooming house?

3. How does Moll turn her stolen goods into cash?

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

5. What kind of reputation does Moll earn from the underground, criminal community?

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

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

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

9. What happens when Moll is only 14-years-old?

10. What event causes Moll to turn to a life of crime?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the value of goods that Moll stole as opposed to their value today. Many of Moll's thefts involved fabrics such as silk. Another thing was plate (items made of silver). Explain what that tells about the value of such items in the 18th century. Discuss how these are not the things usually taken in robberies today.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages the disparity between the rich and the poor in 18th century England and the colonies. Discuss to what extent that disparity is directly related to feudalism and how it affected the history of the British colonies in America.

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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