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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 Charlie remind Young Charlie about Drumm?

2. "Da" is an Irish term for ____________.

3. What does Da say will happen to Charlie's birth mother if she ever shows up?

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

5. What does Mary tell Young Charlie after Da leaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Act 2, Part 1 begin?

2. What begins to emerge about Da's character in Act 2, Part 2?

3. How does Act 2, Part 3 begin?

4. What does Charlie learn about how his parents came to be married?

5. How does the author use foreshadowing regarding the razor blades Charlie gave to Da for Christmas one year?

6. How do Drumm and Charlie's parents disagree on the best place for Charlie to find a job?

7. For what reason did Da use the checks Charlie had sent him?

8. Describe the fight between Charlie's parents after Mother runs into an old friend who is married to the man Mother had loved.

9. How long has it been since Charlie and Oliver have seen each other and what do they talk about?

10. What ulterior motive does Oliver have for coming to see Charlie after his Da died?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses several instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an instance of foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

Does Leonard end the play on a note of hope for Charlie or the continuance of his struggle to come to terms with his flawed relationship with Da? Give your perspective and two reasons to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the role of the family in DA. What does it mean for each of the main characters? How does the family evolve in its support of each other? How typical is this family to most Irish families living during the mid-20th century?

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