Defoe's Moll Flanders: Summary & Analysis


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In Moll Flanders, what does Moll discover about her mother-in-law?

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1. What is Moll Flanders one of the first examples of?

2. Who is the 'rogue' in Moll Flanders?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Defoe unfolds the story of his colorful heroine, Moll Flanders, as the first-person autobiography of a woman who uses deception, sex and her skills as a thief to make her way in the world before she ultimately repents and retires to the country. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the themes and style of Moll Flanders and the novel's place in literary history.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of a novel
  • Defoe's characterization of Moll Flanders
  • The historical context of Moll Flanders
  • The definition of a picaresque novel
  • Central themes in Moll Flanders

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use you knowledge of Moll Flanders to answer questions about the plot and themes of the story
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key terms such as novel and picaresque novel
  • Making connections - examine Defoe's portrayal of competing forces in the novel

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Moll Flanders. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the plot of Moll Flanders
  • Examine Defoe's choice of a rogue for a heroine
  • Know the significance of this novel in literary history
  • Understand the Christian themes in Moll Flanders