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. Anita thinks that Margot's marriage is ______________________.

2. Who was Georgia's husband?

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

4. What does Georgia decide she would do if she had her life to live over?

5. What is Austin's last name?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What story does the captain tell about two sister who once traveled on the ship?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Alice Munro's writing style. How does she deliver information? How does she develop characters? What is the general tone of her stories? What is the most appealing aspect of Munro's writing for you? 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

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.

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