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. When does Moll realize the older brother only wants her as a mistress?

2. How does the elder brother begin his chase of Moll?

3. Where does Moll go to dress in back as a widow and call herself Mrs. Flanders?

4. What does the narrator insist is the value of the story?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Moll's problem in Virginia?

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

3. What happens to the child after it is born?

4. What solution do Moll and her husband-brother come up with to resolve the situation?

5. How does Moll marry for the third time?

6. Why does Moll's brother never see the letter she sends him?

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

8. What causes Moll to continue stealing?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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