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. How would Angela feel about Frank's work for Mrs. Finucane?

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

3. Why does Mikey call Frank a bastard in Chapter 11?

4. Why does Angela want Frank to quit his job in Chapter 11?

5. What does Mrs. Finucane want Frank to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. Frank says very little about his grandmother's death. Why do you think this is?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is this memoir entitled "Angela's Ashes?" Give specific examples from the text to support your arguments. Why would McCourt name his memoir this way? What is the symbolism behind the title?

Essay Topic 2

Consider the role alcohol plays in "Angela's Ashes." Alcohol serves as almost another character; it affects the family, society and well-being of everyone in the memoir. Discuss the role of alcohol, "pub-culture," and how alcohol is seen by both the McCourt family and society as a whole.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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