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 do Moll and her Lancashire husband discover about each other?

2. Why does Moll not relate all the adventures of her Lancashire husband?

3. Why does Moll reproach herself after getting caught with the brocade silk?

4. What causes Moll to become audacious in her thievery?

5. How much does Mrs. B say Moll's lying in will cost?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Moll so popular up north?

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

4. Why does Moll stop stealing for a while?

5. What causes Moll to continue stealing?

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. What adventure does Moll have at the gaming house?

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

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

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 how well you think the characters are drawn in MOLL FLANDERS. In your analysis, mention whether you know how they looked, what kind of clothes they wore, how they thought and talked, and whether you picture them as real characters.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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