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 does Tommy Flynn say happened to Margaret's body?

2. Why does Angela go to Malachy's job?

3. Because they do not have bus fare home, where does the family sleep that night?

4. Why does Angela insist on going to the Labour Exchange with Malachy after Oliver's death?

5. How does the family get coal for Christmas dinner?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. 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?

6. Describe the effect Margaret's death has on the family in Chapter 1.

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

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

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

Compare and contrast Frank and his father. In many ways, Frank was purposely trying to be as different from Malachy as possible. Was he successful? Why was he trying to differentiate himself to such an extent?

Essay Topic 2

Examine Frank McCourt's discussion of sexuality in "Angela's Ashes." How does Frank's emerging sexuality conflict with his religious beliefs? How does he find a compromise between the two?

Essay Topic 3

What does America seem to represent to Frank McCourt in "Angela's Ashes?" What does Ireland represent? In a comparison essay, examine the symbolic nature of these two places for Frank, using examples from the text to support your arguments.

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