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. Other than love, what is a possible reason for Rose to marry Moran?

2. What business has made McQuaid so successful after the war?

3. How does Rose feel about the idea of a revival of Monaghan Day?

4. What does McQuaid chastise Moran for NOT doing after the war?

5. What seems to be foreshadowed about Moran's health in the first few paragraphs of the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe McQuaid's language towards his wife.

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

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

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

5. What does Moran realize as McQuaid leaves the house?

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

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

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

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

10. How does McQuaid compliment Moran's daughters during his visit?

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

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 3

Compare and contrast Moran from the beginning of the novel to the end. Does he change? If so, is it a positive change or a negative one and why? If you don't believe he changed; explain whether or not you think he needed to. Use examples from the novel to support your answers.

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