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. In which city did June die?

2. What is a woman named Karin helping Austin to do as the story begins?

3. Who is Matilda?

4. Jeanine has no success in seducing ____________________.

5. The man Matilda married turned out to be a ____________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Anita learn about Margot when her mother visited her in the hospital after her appendix surgery?

2. Who is Matilda and what are the circumstances in which her mother is cruel to Morris?

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

4. What is the symbolism of the red stained glass through which Joan views the world?

5. In what ways is Georgia's friendship with Maya one-sided in terms of who gives more and who controls the friendship?

6. What lie about Austin's true plans does Karin learn and how does she react to the news?

7. Who are June (Bugs) and Averill and what are they doing as the story begins?

8. What does Jeanine admit to Averill about her personal life?

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

10. Why are the circumstances of Austin's death unclear and what speculation could occur about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who are two of Munro's characters in this book who appeal to you the most? What is it about these characters that you like? What are their weaknesses? How about redeeming qualities? Are Munro's characters believable in your opinion. Explain and use examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Create a character study of Almeda Roth in "Meneteseung". What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? What else can you say about Almeda?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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