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. When Malachy goes to the IRA office to claim his pension, what is he told?

2. What is wrong with Paddy's father in Chapter 6?

3. What happens to Frank's brother Malachy on the playground?

4. What does Seamus bring Frank in the hospital?

5. Why does young Malachy have to visit Barrington's Hospital?

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. Compare and contrast the character of Fintain with Frank.

3. 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?

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

5. There are several instances where Frank begins to show his rebellious nature in Chapter 5. Describe these instances.

6. In Chapter 6, Paddy Clohessy's father has consumption. What does this tell you about their living situation?

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

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

9. What does Frank miss most about the hospital when he arrives home in Chapter 8? Would you feel the same way?

10. Describe your first impression of Angela's mother in Chapter 2. What kind of woman does she appear to be?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the role alcohol plays in "Angela's Ashes." Alcohol serves as almost another character; it affects the family, society and well-being of everyone in the memoir. Discuss the role of alcohol, "pub-culture," and how alcohol is seen by both the McCourt family and society as a whole.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Why did Frank McCourt write "Angela's Ashes"? Consider what Frank's purpose for writing his memoir might be, and support your ideas with examples from the text.

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