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 Angela says that God has not been "seen lately in the lanes of Limerick," to what is she referring?

2. Why does Paddy get into trouble with his mother in Chapter 6?

3. What does Frank's father tell the officials from the St. Vincent de Paul Society about their lavatory?

4. In Chapter 2, why does Frank get in trouble with Mr. Benson at school?

5. What is unusual about Mr. O'Halloran?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the treatment of the boys in Frank's class in Chapter 6 by the teachers and headmasters.

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. Describe the scene in town on Fridays in Chapter 3 when work is finished. What is the overall atmosphere? How are Angela's feelings different than those of the other women in town?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationship dynamic between Angela and Malachy. What plays the most important part in the demise of their relationship?

Essay Topic 2

What do you consider to be the major theme of the book? Give specific examples and details from the text to support your thesis.

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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