Angela's Ashes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Frank McCourt
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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 do Paddy and Frank eat when they go to Finlan's for lunch?

2. What does Frank read to Mr. Timoney?

3. What does Grandma mean when she says that she has "God in me backyard?"

4. What does Frank do with the raisin he finds in his pastry?

5. After Eugene's death in Chapter 2, why does Frank get angry with his father in the pub?

Short Essay Questions

1. Chapter 1 begins the pattern of Malachy losing his jobs. To what extent do you believe he is responsible for this pattern? Is he a victim of fate, or do his actions cause these negative consequences?

2. When Frank arrives home from the hospital in Chapter 8, he realizes that Malachy is unemployed again. Should Frank be surprised by this? Why or why not?

3. Grandpa McCourt sends the family money in Chapter 7, and Malachy spends it on alcohol. Why is this particular act more despicable than Malachy's others?

4. Do you feel it was necessary for the McCourts, in Chapter 3, to move from the room on Hartstronge Street to Roden Lane? Why or why not?

5. In Chapter 5, we see again Angela questioning her faith. What is causing her to lose faith?

6. In Chapter 7, Frank gets and loses two jobs. Reflect on what this shows about the stability of his life.

7. Describe why Frank is ridiculed in Chapter 3 by his classmates when coming home from the butcher, and what this says about the children he goes to school with.

8. How does the reader see Frank's emerging sexuality in Chapter 8?

9. Why is Mikey not considered a "proper" Catholic?

10. Frank is hospitalized again in Chapter 9. What might this tell you about his overall health, and what might be the cause of it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Frank McCourt uses humor to help entertain the reader in "Angela's Ashes." Describe, in details, the ways in which McCourt uses humorous anecdotes and comical stories to lighten up an otherwise very serious memoir.

Essay Topic 2

Frank's experiences in school help shape him as a man as he grows older through the book. Describe how his experiences in school make him more eager to go to America, more willing to take responsibility for his family, and better able to look at the world through mature eyes. Cite specific examples from the book to back up your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Based on what you have read in the book, compare and contrast the roles of women and men in Ireland during the Great Depression.

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