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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. What great change occurs in Mikey's father in Chapter 11?
2. When does Pa Keating feed the children in Chapter 10?
3. How does Frank provide food in Chapter 10?
4. What does Frank find when returning with Mrs. Finucane's sherry?
5. Where does Aunt Aggie take Frank before he officially begins work at the Post Office?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you think Angela is so disappointed in Frank in Chapter 17 when he has his first legal drink?
2. 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?
3. Why do you think Frank attempts to baptize Mrs. Harrington in Chapter 16?
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. How does Frank find out that he is a bastard in Chapter 11? What does this mean for him?
7. Why does Frank regret not taking the postal exam in Chapter 18?
8. Discuss Frank's relationship with John Hannon in Chapter 11.
9. Frank says very little about his grandmother's death. Why do you think this is?
10. What is Frank's motivation for throwing Mrs. Finucane's ledger into the water?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What do you consider to be the major theme of the book? Give specific examples and details from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
The opening line of "Angela's Ashes" states "My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married and where I was born." How does this foreshadow the rest of the book? How does this one line set the tone for the rest of the book?
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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