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 the narrator hope the reader will be more pleased with?

2. Why does the narrator say that the ugly and wicked part of a person's life must be presented?

3. What happens to the gentleman at Bath?

4. What has Moll heard about the gentleman she is considering marriage to?

5. Other people call Moll a handsome woman. What does she say about that?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Listening to her mother-in-law, what does Moll suddenly realize?

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

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

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

6. How does the novel begin?

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

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

9. How does Moll marry for the third time?

10. What happens to Moll's heart when the older brother takes an interest in her?

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 literary language of the 18th century. Use examples in the novel to demonstrate the formality of written language and vocabulary that is not used in the same way today. State you opinion about the degree of difficulty in understanding the story that language presents in MOLL FLANDERS.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the use of irony in MOLL FLANDERS. Use the example of Moll and James each thinking the other was rich before they married and finding out that Moll really was a woman of fortune years later when they came to America. Express your opinion about how such ironic twists in a plot tend to make a story more interesting. Comment on whether you think irony happens in real life and give at least one example.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the novel as a moral lesson. As noted in the Preface, novels of Defoe's day needed to teach some sort of moral lesson. Good always triumphs over evil, and evil is always punished. Express your idea as to whether Defoe was subtly rejecting that notion with the writing of MOLL FLANDERS. Give examples from the novel to back up your opinion.

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