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 observation does Morris' bookkeeper make about Matilda?

2. Why did Morris not go to dinner with Matilda a few years ago when she was interested in him?

3. What is Joan's hometown?

4. Georgia notes that there seems to be something going on between Maya and _______________.

5. Which man on board the ship has taken an interest in Averill?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Joan's hometown of Logan contribute to people's needs to fit in and not be too distinctive?

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

3. 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?

4. What was Joan Fordyce's childhood like as explained in the first part of the story?

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

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

7. What kind of world does the boat at night represent for Averill, and how does she incorporate the captain into this world?

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

9. What was the source of the falling out between Georgia and Maya, causing them to never speak again?

10. What does an older and divorced Joan learn about Matilda when she returns home to tend to her mother's grave?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the role of the family in Munro's stories. What does it mean for some of the characters? How does the family evolve in its support of each other? How are some of the families fractured? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of women in Canada in the late-20th century when the women in the stories are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have?

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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