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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 tell Young Charlie after Da leaves?

2. Da says that there will be plenty of jobs when ____________ takes over.

3. In what country does DA take place?

4. How does Adult Charlie realize his Mother and Da expressed their love?

5. What is the name of the man Mother had loved?

Short Essay Questions

1. What information does Young Charlie overhear and how does he react to it?

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

3. How does the subject of Charlie's birth mother come up in Act 1, Part 4?

4. How does the author use the lighthouse as a metaphor in this scene?

5. Explain the metaphor of Charlie's hurting himself on the glasses sculpture.

6. How does Da make his first appearance in the play?

7. What is the nature of the letter Young Charlie is writing and why does his mother not like it?

8. From whose point of view are the memory scenes told?

9. What does the melted sunglasses sculpture symbolize?

10. What is the main theme of the play and how is it exhibited for Charlie?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of married women in Ireland in the early 20th century. Why was Mother not given the freedom to marry the boy she loved? What precedents was she forced to follow? Explain why her lack of choice affected her marriage and life.

Essay Topic 2

Explain Leonard's use of symbolism and imagery in the play as related to the sunglasses sculpture. What does the sculpture represent? Which characters are especially affected by the sculpture and what does it mean to them?

Essay Topic 3

DA is a classic story of coming to terms with your past. What does that classification entail? Why does this play fit into this category? Explain.

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