Angela's Ashes Test | Final 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. Why is Frank fired from the post office?

2. What does Frank sometimes do when Mrs. Finucane falls asleep?

3. What does Frank find when returning with Mrs. Finucane's sherry?

4. Where is the priest that Frank meets on the boat from?

5. What happens when the family waits for Malachy at the train station?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 11, Mikey explains to Frank how babies are conceived. This is news to Frank. What impact does it have on him?

2. Discuss Frank's relationship with John Hannon in Chapter 11.

3. What is Frank's motivation for throwing Mrs. Finucane's ledger into the water?

4. In Chapter 15, Agnes buys Frank new clothes. Why is this so surprising? Why do you think she does it?

5. Why does Frank find relief when he visits the Franciscan priest in Chapter 17?

6. Why is Frank's job with John Hannon in Chapter 11 a mixed blessing?

7. Malachy returns home temporarily to care for the children, but his visit is short-lived. How do you feel about this? Should he have stayed longer? What does his visit tell you about the dynamics of the family?

8. Describe Frank's experience delivering telegrams to the Carmody house in Chapter 15. How is he feeling? Was this an expected occurrence?

9. In Chapter 14, what events occur that show Frank's emerging independence?

10. In Chapter 10, Angela goes back to the St. Vincent de Paul society to beg for charity, and stops at a church to beg for help as well. Frank later remarks that he has trouble looking her in the eye. Why do you think that is?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the role poverty places in "Angela's Ashes." What is the role of economic struggle in the book? How do the characters deal with this struggle? How does this struggle shape their lives? Support your arguments with specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Frank's experiences in school help shape him as a man as he grows older through the book. Describe how his experiences in school make him more eager to go to America, more willing to take responsibility for his family, and better able to look at the world through mature eyes. Cite specific examples from the book to back up your arguments.

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