Friend of My Youth: Stories Test | Final 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. What did Karin's baby die of?

2. What does the snowstorm remind Karin of?

3. Karin's ex-husband made her choose between having their marriage or ___________________.

4. Why did Teresa come to Canada to live?

5. In the second ending of this story, Averill ______________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what Averill does every night on board the ship.

2. Who is Austin Cobbett and what is a woman named Karin helping him do as the story begins?

3. Who is Miles and what is his relationship with Georgia?

4. Who is Georgia, where has she traveled to at the beginning of the story, and who does she meet right away?

5. What sad event does the snowstorm prompt Karin to recall and why does she take Austin to the lake to photograph the ice?

6. How does Karin think that her ex-husband, Brent, has facilitated Austin's departure from his church?

7. Give some examples of how the author uses the theme of escape in this story.

8. Why had Teresa come to Canada and what troubles has she had in her marriage to Reuel?

9. How did Georgia meet Maya and Raymond as well as Hilda and Harvey? What secret does Georgia learn about the marriages of these two couples?

10. Who is Jeanine and what is her purpose for being on the ship?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

What is the overall setting for the stories in the book? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Munro choose to use these places in the stories?

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