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 hardens Moll's heart to become a professional thief?

2. What is the governess' new business?

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

4. What reception does Moll get from the inmates at Newgate?

5. When a woman friend of Moll's wants her to meet her brother, what does the man want?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why is Moll so popular up north?

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

8. How is Moll finally caught red handed?

9. Why does Moll stop stealing for a while?

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

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 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 2

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages on the novel as a moral lesson. As noted in the Preface, novels of Defoe's day needed to teach some sort of moral lesson. Good always triumphs over evil, and evil is always punished. Express your idea as to whether Defoe was subtly rejecting that notion with the writing of MOLL FLANDERS. Give examples from the novel to back up your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typewritten, double spaced pages the disparity between the rich and the poor in 18th century England and the colonies. Discuss to what extent that disparity is directly related to feudalism and how it affected the history of the British colonies in America.

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