Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe the relationship between Moran and McQuaid.
Moran and McQuaid are old army buddies. They fought together in the war. Now years later, their relationship consists of seeing each other once a year on Monaghan Day and rehashing old war stories and recalling how simple things used to be.
2. Why is it important that Moran's aging and increasing weakness is foreshadowed in Section 1 of the book?
Moran has always been controlling and in charge. Explaining that he is weak and dying offers up a contrast between his current state and how strong and overbearing he used to be when he was healthy.
3. Explain Rose's role in the Moran family.
Rose is Moran's second wife. She is shown to be completely accepted by the family but somehow outside of its influence. Even as the girls are panicking about Moran's possible death, Rose is quietly preparing for it behind the scenes.
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