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. After her son is born, where does the gentleman arrange apartments for Moll?

3. What does Mrs. Betty (aka Moll) know that makes her vain?

4. What is the assumption left up to the reader in the Preface?

5. Where does Moll say her true name is known?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Moll not make a play for the banker?

2. Why does Moll stop stealing for a while?

3. To Moll's chagrin, what does the older brother insist that she do?

4. What causes Moll to continue stealing?

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

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

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

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

9. How does Moll's marriage to the banker come to an end?

10. How does Moll marry for the third time?

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 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 3

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.

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