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 rumor does McQuaid bring up about Moran?

2. What does Moran realize about McQuaid once his stay is over?

3. What word best explains how Moran is acting in regards to his own possible death?

4. What ritual does Moran do every night before bed?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Maggie so confident when she leaves for London?

2. What is it about Moran that seems to regulate the mood in the house?

3. What shocks the girls at the St. Stephens Day dance?

4. What does Moran do when he finds out Michael quit school?

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

6. What causes Moran to become more and more morose throughout Section 4?

7. Why are the girls upset with Michael when Moran dies?

8. In Section 5, what fills the house with joy?

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

10. How does the family respond to Maggie's fiance, Mark O'Donaghue?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the tone of the novel.

1. Discuss how the setting plays a role in creating the tone.

2. Discuss how the characters' actions help build the tone.

3. Discuss how the dialogue supports the tone.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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