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 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 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.

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 the position of women in 18th century England and in the colonies. Define the limitations placed on women, their responsibility regarding having children, their lack of rights when a marriage or relationship breaks up, the kind of labor they are limited to doing and the pay scale they are offered.

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