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. Where does Moll learn that men find a mistress sometimes, but very rarely look for a wife?

2. How is the weather during Moll's trip back to England from Virginia?

3. What do the ladies of the town do for Moll?

4. What does her tradesman turn out to be?

5. What does Moll want to become?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Moll know about her mother?

9. How does the novel begin?

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

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 expressing your opinion about the importance of MOLL FLANDERS as an example of 18th century fiction and whether it had an effect on later writers. Is there a departure from the norm with this novel that led eventually to books by writers such as Henry James? Discuss whether earlier works of fiction have an influence over works that follow in later years.

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 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?

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