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 does Moran shoot with his shotgun?

3. Despite the fact that he asks for the opinions of others, what does Moran usually do?

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

5. How does Moran explain life during the war compared to his life now?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does McQuaid leave Great Meadow early?

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

10. Describe McQuaid's language towards his wife.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Moran had a strained relationship with all of his children, but certainly more so with his sons. Analyze why it is that Moran got along better with women. Use examples from the book and quotes that might help support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Foreshadowing is often used in literature. It gives the reader insight into what might happen in the future. In Amongst Women, the author utilizes foreshadowing from the very beginning. Did the foreshadowing give the reader a better insight into what was to come? Or did it simply create more questions and suspense? State your opinion and support your answer with examples of foreshadowing from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss what you think the moral of the novel might be?

1. Support your analysis with examples from the novel.

2. Make sure to look at both what the reader can glean from the novel as well as what the characters in the story might have learned.

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