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. Frank's father, Malachy, originally comes to America for what reason?

2. What does Seamus bring Frank in the hospital?

3. What does Grandpa McCourt send for the new baby?

4. What does Peter Dooley want to do when he grows up?

5. What is the poem Angela shares with Bridey, "The Man From the North," about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Nora Molloy is often institutionalized in the asylum. How does she feel about these hospitalizations? How are Nora's plight and Angela's plight similar?

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. Discuss Malachy's attitude towards work in Chapter 3.

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

5. Why is Frank so reluctant to take dance lessons in Chapter 5, and why is his mother so insistent that he take them?

6. What does Grandma's attitude towards first communion and first confession in Chapter 4 tell you about the role of Catholicism in their lives?

7. In Chapter 2, why do you think the officials at the St. Vincent de Paul Society are hesitant to help the McCourts?

8. Why does Frank feel sorry for the Spellacies in Chapter 7?

9. Why is Frank afraid to go home in Chapter 6?

10. What is the overall tone of Chapter 1? What events or details indicate that?

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 spends much of the book planning his trip to America, and wondering why his parents had left America to return to Ireland in the first place.

Part 1) Consider the idealism Frank feels towards America. Based on his parents' experiences there and their experiences in Ireland, is his idealistic view of America warranted?

Part 2) Compare and contrast the struggles felt by the McCourts in the beginning of the book with the struggles felt by them once they reach Ireland. Is one place more responsible for their difficulties than another? Cite several examples from the book to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

The family unit is one of the most critical structures found in the book. Discuss the role of the family in "Angela's Ashes." What role did each member play? How does the McCourt family unit represent the climate and atmosphere of the society as a whole?

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