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 does Frank feed himself at Pat Sheehan's?

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

3. Why does Frank regret not taking the postal exam?

4. In Chapter 13, where does Mr. O'Halloran tell Frank to go?

5. Why does Mr. Hannon encourage Frank to stay in school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. Consider the difference in attitude towards the children that Aunt Agnes and Pa Keating have in Chapter 10. Why do you think they are so different? How do they differ?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Each one of the teachers Frank McCourt mentions in "Angela's Ashes" played a significant role in his education and in making him the person he later became. Trace McCourt's experiences with these teachers, and analyze the impact that each one had on his later life.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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