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. Who was the girl who Hazel's husband met in a hotel?

2. Who lives in the house next door to Almeda?

3. Brenda's lover tells her about a/an _______________ family which moved to his hometown.

4. What does Almeda do when she sees the person slumped against her fence?

5. Why does Flora write a letter to the narrator after a long time of no correspondence?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why would Murray have secretly wanted Barbara to have had an affair?

2. What does the fight between Brenda and Neil signify?

3. Who is Miss Dobie and what is her housekeeper, Judy's, reaction at seeing that Antoinette has driven Hazel instead of Dudley?

4. What is the premise of "Meneseteung"?

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

6. What awakens Almeda in the night and what does she do about the disruption?

7. What are Brenda's conflicting feelings about the fight with Neil?

8. Why is the affair with Neil so important to Brenda?

9. What are some of the possible lies in the story?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Loss seems to be almost an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the sense of loss? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the characters' lives? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

Essay Topic 2

Create a character study of Austin Corbett in "Pictures of the Ice". What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What are his dreams? What else can you say about Austin?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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