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. Why is Mr. Harrington upset at the beginning of Chapter 16?

3. Where does Aunt Aggie take Frank before he officially begins work at the Post Office?

4. What is Angela's new job in Chapter 17?

5. Why does Frank feel guilty after Theresa is gone?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Based on what you have read in the book, compare and contrast the roles of women and men in Ireland during the Great Depression.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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