Moll Flanders Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the governess' new business?

2. Who does the wealthy man Moll robs in a coach turn out to be?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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