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. Saying the Rosary is significant in what religion?

2. What word best describes the language McQuaid uses around his wife?

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

4. What kind of car does McQuaid drive?

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. What are Moran's feelings about Rose during their post office courtship?

3. Explain Rose's role in the Moran family.

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

5. Describe the relationship between Moran and McQuaid.

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

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

8. Describe McQuaid's language towards his wife.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea that Moran is a tragic hero can be debated.

1. Define a tragic hero.

2. Argue that Moran is or isn't a tragic hero, based on his character, personality, actions, and dialogue.

Essay Topic 2

Rising action is the events that lead up to the climax.

1. Identify the rising action of the novel.

2. Explain why this is the rising action.

3. Discuss why the rising action is an important element in story telling.

Essay Topic 3

Much of this novel takes place in the past through the use of flashbacks. Why do you think the author worked backwards in such a way rather than chronologically? Do you think these flashbacks helped in the development in the characters and if so, how?

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