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. Where is young Malachy working in Chapter 17?

2. What does Agnes say at the end of Chapter 14?

3. Why is Frank at the pub celebrating with Mikey?

4. Why is Paddy Clohessy's family doing well in Chapter 15?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Young Malachy leaves Agnes's home and hides at the house on Roden Lane. Why does he run away, and what does this tell you about Malachy's character?

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

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

4. Describe the circumstances under which Angela and her family are evicted.

5. Chapter 13 introduces the reader to Mr. O'Halloran, Frank's new teacher. What is unique about this teacher and the affect he has on Frank?

6. 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?

7. In Chapter 13, the reader sees just how strained the relationship between Frank and Laman has become. Why do you think their relationship is the way it is?

8. How does Frank find out that he is a bastard in Chapter 11? What does this mean for him?

9. Why is Frank hesitant to tell Angela about his job for Mrs. Finucane in Chapter 16?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Frank McCourt uses humor to help entertain the reader in "Angela's Ashes." Describe, in details, the ways in which McCourt uses humorous anecdotes and comical stories to lighten up an otherwise very serious memoir.

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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