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 does Frank get a new job in Chapter 16?

2. What does Frank give Michael when he comes to visit in Chapter 14?

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

4. Where does Malachy run away to in Chapter 10?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Why does Frank regret not taking the postal exam in Chapter 18?

4. Why do you think Frank attempts to baptize Mrs. Harrington 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. Describe Frank's experience delivering telegrams to the Carmody house in Chapter 15. How is he feeling? Was this an expected occurrence?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is the protagonist and who is the antagonist in "Angela's Ashes?" Use specific details and events from the story to back up your arguments.

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

Frank spends much of the book planning his trip to America, and wondering why his parents had left America to return to Ireland in the first place.

Part 1) Consider the idealism Frank feels towards America. Based on his parents' experiences there and their experiences in Ireland, is his idealistic view of America warranted?

Part 2) Compare and contrast the struggles felt by the McCourts in the beginning of the book with the struggles felt by them once they reach Ireland. Is one place more responsible for their difficulties than another? Cite several examples from the book to support your argument.

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