Moll Flanders Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 narrator say results from any wicked action in the book?

2. Why does Moll go to the aid of the young woman next door to her?

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

4. What does the narrator hope the reader will be more pleased with?

5. What spared Moll's mother's life when she was condemned to die?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Moll escape capture when a former partner in crime gets caught by the police?

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

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

5. What is Defoe's stated purpose in presenting this book?

6. Why is Moll so popular up north?

7. How is Moll finally caught red handed?

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

9. In Newgate, who is the leader of a rebel gang brought in for trial?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on how well you think the characters are drawn in MOLL FLANDERS. In your analysis, mention whether you know how they looked, what kind of clothes they wore, how they thought and talked, and whether you picture them as real characters.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the subject of penitence. Point out what real penitence is. Discuss how Moll's penitence looks less like sorrow for her sins and more like sorrow that she was caught. Contrast her with the governess who seems to be genuinely sorry for her past life at the end of the novel.

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