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 Mrs. Mayoress call Moll that she thinks is a bad name?

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

3. What problem does Moll have getting the money her old nurse had saved for her?

4. What does Moll, called Mrs. Betty, do better than the daughters of the new family?

5. What does the narrator say about the final scene in the story?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Moll marry for the third time?

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

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

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

7. After some repentance for their sleeping together, what do Moll and the gentleman do?

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

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

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 comparing MOLL FLANDERS to the novel, TOM JONES by Henry fielding. There is no need to read the entire novel. Simply point out similarities in characters, behaviors, use of language, point of view of the authors, and attempts to portray the stories as real histories.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on Why I Would Not Like to Live in 18th Century England. Include in your essay the odds against being born into wealth or nobility, the modern conveniences that were not even dreamed of in that time, and the injustices against women and children.

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