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. Once the family rents a room, why are they unable to sleep that first night?

2. What does Malachy believe is wrong with Frank in Chapter 8?

3. Why is Declan upset with Frank in Chapter 7?

4. Where does Frank's transfused blood come from?

5. What does Frank read to Mr. Timoney?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 5, Malachy begins to write letters for people who are unable to write. He always tells these people to keep their money, but Angela always takes it. What does this tell you about their priorities?

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

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. Describe Paddy Clohessy's life as seen in Chapter 4. Do you think he is better or worse off than Frank?

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

6. Describe the circumstances that lead the McCourt family back to Ireland in Chapter 1.

7. 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?

8. In Chapter 9, why is the family shamed when no telegram arrives?

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

10. Why does Peter Dooley want to read the news on the BBC radio? What do you think of his goals?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The opening line of "Angela's Ashes" states "My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married and where I was born." How does this foreshadow the rest of the book? How does this one line set the tone for the rest of the book?

Essay Topic 2

Angela seems to have a love/hate relationship with her extended family. Examine this relationship, and give examples showing the dynamic of their relationship.

Essay Topic 3

Each one of the teachers Frank McCourt mentions in "Angela's Ashes" played a significant role in his education and in making him the person he later became. Trace McCourt's experiences with these teachers, and analyze the impact that each one had on his later life.

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