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 does Moll fear about her current landlady who brings Mrs. B?

2. Why do people suggest that Moll move out of St. John's Street?

3. How does the banker say his wife is a whore?

4. Who does Moll meet to help her with her money?

5. Who does Moll get to visit in Newgate?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What kind of reputation does Moll earn from the underground, criminal community?

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

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

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

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

7. Where do Moll and James end up after Newgate?

8. Describe how Moll and James part.

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

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

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 how the tastes of a majority of society at any given time affect the way writers tell their tales. Begin with the profuse apology of Defoe in the Preface that the story contains lewd behavior that has been edited and his insistence that the story is presented for its moral lesson. Give your opinion as to whether Defoe is writing tongue in cheek to satisfy the criticism he believes the novel will incur. Give examples as to how such circumspection has changed over the centuries.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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