Moll Flanders Test | Final 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 is the governess turned pawnbroker actually doing?

2. What do Moll and Mrs. B work out?

3. Who does the governess introduce Moll to who can help her learn the art of thieving?

4. How does Moll steal two rings she sees through a house window?

5. What happens to Moll in her widow's dress outside a shop?

Short Essay Questions

1. What assistance does she get from the landlady at the rooming house?

2. What passes through Moll's head as she marries the banker?

3. What adventure does Moll have at the gaming house?

4. Explain what foils Moll's plan to marry the banker when she returns to London.

5. What causes Moll to continue stealing?

6. How does Moll's marriage to the banker come to an end?

7. How is the governess able to set Moll up with the baronet after she robbed him in the carriage?

8. What is Moll's concern about having the baby in the rooming house where she is staying?

9. How does Moll turn her stolen goods into cash?

10. What does Moll do after the man falls into a drunken sleep?

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 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.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages expressing your opinion about the importance of MOLL FLANDERS as an example of 18th century fiction and whether it had an effect on later writers. Is there a departure from the norm with this novel that led eventually to books by writers such as Henry James? Discuss whether earlier works of fiction have an influence over works that follow in later years.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on self-justification. Start with Moll and show how she justified everything she did, excusing herself on the grounds of poverty. From the example, discuss how people tend to make allowances for themselves when they would condemn other people for doing the same things.

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