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 is the name of Teresa's husband?

2. The captain tells a story about ________________.

3. Why does Anita have to have surgery?

4. What is the profession of the man in #136?

5. In what field did Anita earn a PhD?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Margot keep Reuel in line now that she had spotted him with their young babysitter, Lana?

4. Why has Anita come to her hometown and what does she recall about her childhood and about stopping for coffee with her friend, Margot, on their way to school?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of the book's title? What are some other possible titles for the book. List at least five and cite your reasons for each.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast one of Munro's characters to someone you know in your life. Which qualities do they share? What makes them so alike? Do you like the characteristics of the two? Do they have any qualities you would like to emulate? Do you respect them? How do they differ? Explain.

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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