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. Why had Georgia lost her friend's friendship at one time?

2. What is Joan's husband's profession?

3. What secret does June want to hide from others?

4. What is Joan's last name?

5. What is Austin's last name?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does this story say about uneven love in relationships, especially in the case of Maya's husband, Raymond?

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

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

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

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

8. What is Joan's married life like and what does she learn about the relationship between Morris and Matilda?

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

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

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

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

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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