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. When Moll is well enough to go to Mrs. B's house, how is she surprised?

2. Before they depart for Ireland, what does Moll's new husband ask her?

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

4. How is Moll married to the Irishman?

5. How does Mill say she came out of the charge of robbing the silversmith?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Moll eventually project her guilt onto someone else?

2. What causes Moll to continue stealing?

3. How does Moll meet the next man she becomes involved with when she is forty-two-years old?

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

5. What event causes Moll to turn to a life of crime?

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

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

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

9. How does the governess try to prepare Moll for hanging?

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

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 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 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 on your opinion of Defoe's literary style in presenting Moll Flanders as though she wrote the book herself. Do you think it is effective? How would it be different written in the third person?

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