Friend of My Youth: Stories 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. Why did the man in #3 marry Ellie and not Flora?

2. Why was the man in #79 afraid of his wife?

3. Which of the following is NOT something that Murray's wife likes to do?

4. Who drives Hazel to Jack's aunt's house?

5. What does Neil eventually admit to Brenda?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Flora Grieves, and how did the narrator's mother know her?

2. What does Brenda realize about her relationship with Neil after their first fight regarding the sweet shop girl?

3. What does Murray suspect that Victor and Barbara are doing and under what circumstances does Victor leave for good?

4. What is the premise of "Five Points"?

5. What is the content of a poem told by Miss Dobie that seems to be directed at Judy?

6. What does Neil tell Brenda about a Croatian girl named Mary who ran the family's sweet shop and how she destroyed the family's business?

7. In what way does Almeda realize that she has been approaching life all wrong, and how does she see violence symbolized in her life?

8. Why has Hazel decided to travel to a town in Scotland and who does she meet right away when she arrives?

9. What is the premise of "Meneseteung"?

10. What was the relationship between the narrator's mother, and Flora after the narrator's mother moved away to marry and start a family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several of Munro's stories are classic stories of loss and renewal. What does that classification entail? Why do some of the stories fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one instance of irony in the book. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the stories and note why they are examples of irony.

Essay Topic 3

Alice Munro is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphor, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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