Amongst Women Test | Mid-Book 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 seems to be foreshadowed about Moran's health in the first few paragraphs of the book?

2. What do the girls do when Moran is finally out of ear-shot?

3. Why is growing frail so hard for Moran?

4. What rumor does McQuaid bring up about Moran?

5. What term is used to describe the rumors floating around about Moran?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Section 1, what seems to foreshadow a change of power between the family members?

2. Why does Rose stop going to the evening mail group?

3. What does McQuaid mean when he says, "Some people can not bear to come in second"?

4. Why is money a sensitive subject between Moran and McQuaid?

5. Why do the Moran's daughters come home to Great Meadow?

6. Name one way in that Moran and Rose are very different.

7. Why do the girls try so desperately to move Moran's attention away from Luke?

8. Why is Moran ill tempered at the beginning of Section 2?

9. What was Rose's first impression of Moran?

10. Why is it important that Moran's aging and increasing weakness is foreshadowed in Section 1 of the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the idea of gender roles as portrayed in the novel.

1. Do you think this novel is portrays women in a positive light? Why or why not?

2. Do you think that the men in the novel show respect to the women in their lives? If so, how? If not, why do you think they disrespect women? Use examples from the novel to support your opinions.

Essay Topic 2

Amongst Women focuses heavily on a few male characters, but it is their interactions with women that make for the most interesting parts of the novel. The female characters evolve quite a bit throughout the novel. Discuss the change the female characters go through. Describe their role at the beginning and compare it to their role at the end. How is it different? Why did it change?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Michael Moran, Sr. and Michael Moran, Jr. Keep in mind that while these two men seem quite different, they do share many similarities. Discuss both their commonalities and differences in character. Be sure to support your opinions with examples from the novel.

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