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 Moll's first theft?

2. What happens to Mill in the silversmith's shop?

3. What does Moll admit to the lady who comes to help her?

4. What effect does Moll's brushes with the law have on her activities?

5. What privilege do Moll and her husband get while anchored at Ireland?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Newgate, who is the leader of a rebel gang brought in for trial?

2. What had Moll's new husband, James, believed about her before they were married?

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

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

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

6. Why is Moll so popular up north?

7. How does Moll escape capture when a former partner in crime gets caught by the police?

8. Why does Moll not make a play for the banker?

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

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

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 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 3

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.

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