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. How old does she now admit to being?

2. What happens to a woman caught with goods Moll had stolen?

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

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

5. What does the governess manage for Moll's son?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is Moll so popular up north?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages the position of women in 18th century England and in the colonies. Define the limitations placed on women, their responsibility regarding having children, their lack of rights when a marriage or relationship breaks up, the kind of labor they are limited to doing and the pay scale they are offered.

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