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 does McQuaid find overbearing about Moran's personality?

2. What lie does McQuaid tell Moran at the end of their discussion?

3. McQuaid is quite successful despite his lack of what?

4. How are the daughters reacting to Moran's possible death?

5. What did Moran fear that lead to his marriage to Rose?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Moran angry that more than half his children left Ireland to work in England?

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

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

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

6. What is the importance of the ritual of the Rosary?

7. Describe the relationship between Rose and Moran's children.

8. What conclusion does Moran come to about Rose Brady?

9. Why does McQuaid leave Great Meadow early?

10. What makes the girls tense when Moran and McQuaid are talking?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Symbolism is used throughout the novel. The Rosary in particular was a recurring symbol. Define symbolism and give three different examples of what the Rosary may have symbolized. Support each example with evidence from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the rural setting of Great Meadows and the urban setting of London and Dublin.

1. What could these two different types of settings represent?

2. Would the story have been as powerful had it taken place outside of Ireland? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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