Circle of Friends Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Eve point out to Benny on a nature walk?

2. Why does Eve resent the Westward family who are her relatives?

3. Who does Mother Francis compel to take her to Dublin?

4. What does Eve ask of Mother Francis that no one will tell her?

5. What does Nan say about Benny's standing up to Sean Walsh?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Kit Hegarty's fear about her only son.

2. Explain the invention of Eve and Benny they use to sort out their problems.

3. Explain why Brian wants Nan to study downstairs with her brothers.

4. What bothers Benny at the party and dance when she wears the dress Clodagh made for her?

5. How is Eve's character established early on in the novel?

6. What is Eve wearing at the dance that gets her many compliments?

7. What is significant about Jack's breaking off with Shirley?

8. Describe the meeting of Jack, Benny, and Nan at the hospital.

9. How does Benny show her innocence when Jack invites her to a Dutch party?

10. Why does Dr. Foley ask his son Jack to drive him to Knockglen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on Benny as an Unlikely Heroine. (1) Define her strengths and weaknesses. (2) Explain why you think

Maeve Binchy chose a girl like Benny to be the central character of the novel. (3) How do you see Benny as the epitome of a good friend? (4) Discuss Benny as

an overprotected young lady who acquiesces to her parents' rules.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on Superficiality. Divide the essay into two main parts--first, discuss Nan and Simon who go on appearances and how that causes them both to make bad choices. Discuss how Nan's affectation of good breeding and elegant dressing could not alter the manipulative person she really was. Mention Simon's first impression that Nan was rich because of what he saw and how appearances in that case were all a lie.

In the second part, discuss making judgments on appearance using the towns people's reaction to Clodagh and Fonzie who are good-hearted but look different.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the value of Loyalty Among Friends. Divide the essay into three main points--the need for friends; the effects of disloyalty among friends; and what is gained by being loyal to a friend.

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