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 happens with the younger brother?

2. What does the new mistress lack that the former one had?

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

4. How does the captain's lady help repay Moll for her services?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the stories her mother-in-law tells that eventually reveal she was herself transported from Newgate prison to America?

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

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

4. How does the editor compare the novel to dramatic plays of the day?

5. Under what condition does Moll arrive back in England.

6. How does Moll marry for the third time?

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

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

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

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

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 how poverty sometimes leads to crime. Use the situation in mid 18th century England as a starting point and then make your essay more general. Discuss who is really at fault when the poor resort to stealing.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the slavery of British criminals in the American colonies. Note any differences between those people transported from England and the black slaves who were bought like cattle. Point out how the British criminals could eventually buy their way out of servitude. Use Moll and James as examples of transported criminals able to start a new life in the colonies.

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