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. Why has Anita come to the small town where she grew up?

3. Why was the man in #157 feeling guilty about his affair with Georgia?

4. Which of the following is NOT a person Karin sends the ice pictures to?

5. Who does Anita's mother tell Anita is having an affair with Reuel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

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 3

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.

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