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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 Mary say about her father?

2. How did Mother respond to Da's marriage proposal?

3. What does Mother do when Young Charlie runs away?

4. Who appears just as Young Charlie and Mary are getting to know each other?

5. What is Young Charlie doing as Mother talks to him about her life?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Drumm bring to the house for Charlie and how does Charlie respond?

2. Why is the memory of Charlie having the memory regarding his birth mother so significant?

3. How does Mother take control of Charlie's letter writing?

4. What is the author's purpose for including this brief scene with Mary, Young Charlie and Da?

5. How does Charlie injure his hand on the glasses sculpture?

6. What does Da tell Charlie about his birth mother which is different from what his aunt has been telling him?

7. What memory does Charlie have of Drumm and what was the state of their relationship?

8. Why does Charlie become angry at Da for not taking the money he had sent him?

9. How does Da change the course of Charlie's overtures toward Mary?

10. What is "an Irishwoman's death"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Charlie had always thought his Da to be cheap to a fault. What does Charlie learn about Da that changes his perspective of him during the play? What was going on in Da's life as a boy and young man that influenced his life and the choices he made about money? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Da and Drumm. Both men want influence over Charlie but have their hold on him in very different ways. Why are their differences classic examples of conflict in drama? What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?

Essay Topic 3

Create a character study of Da. What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What are his dreams? What else can you say about Da?

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