Ironweed Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

William Kennedy
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where is Dante’s epigraph from?
(a) The Vita Nuova.
(b) The Purgatorio.
(c) The Inferno.
(d) The Paradiso.

2. What kind of cemetery are Francis and Rudy working in for the day?
(a) Jewish.
(b) Methodist.
(c) Catholic.
(d) Protestant.

3. What day of the year does Ironweed start on?
(a) Halloween.
(b) All Souls’ Day.
(c) Day of the Dead.
(d) All Saints’ Day.

4. How does the narrator characterize Francis’ mother’s reaction to his arrival in the cemetery?
(a) Furious.
(b) Relieved.
(c) Nervous.
(d) Delighted.

5. What does the narrator say is the real basis of the kinship the young Phelan brothers feel with Francis?
(a) Poverty.
(b) Ireland.
(c) Alcoholism.
(d) Family.

6. How long have Francis and Helen known each other?
(a) Six months.
(b) Six years.
(c) Twenty-two years.
(d) Nine years.

7. What image does the narrator say Helen presents to the audience at the Gilded Cage?
(a) A monument to human endurance.
(b) Womanly disaster.
(c) A life hard-lived.
(d) Age and wisdom.

8. Who does Francis see enter the bathroom with him in Chapter 3?
(a) Helen.
(b) Jack.
(c) Gerald.
(d) Dick Doolan.

9. What makes it possible for Francis and Rudy to eat at the Mission?
(a) They have money.
(b) They are sober.
(c) They are homeless.
(d) They made reservations.

10. How does Francis describe Helen to Rudy?
(a) He says that he can never tell where she is.
(b) He says that she’s the best woman he’s ever known.
(c) He says that she never gives him any peace with her nagging.
(d) He says that he can’t wait to be finished with her.

11. Where did Francis tell the intern in Indiana his fingertip was?
(a) In a river.
(b) Buried.
(c) On a train.
(d) In the weeds.

12. How does Francis say he behaves when he is drunk?
(a) He gets sick.
(b) He gets sentimental.
(c) He gets violent.
(d) He goes to sleep.

13. What physically connects Francis to the memory of his son’s death?
(a) Birds chirping in the trees.
(b) Tears dropping on his shoes.
(c) The winds in the grass.
(d) The sensation of his own awed astonishment at what happened.

14. What does Francis get for Sandra?
(a) A place to sleep.
(b) Soup.
(c) Wine.
(d) A coat.

15. How does the narrator characterize Gerald’s eternal repose?
(a) Sublimity.
(b) Torment.
(c) Struggle.
(d) Abdication.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator say came from Rowdy Dick Doolan’s head when Francis saw him in a vision?

2. What metaphor does Francis use to describe himself as a ball player?

3. In the epigraph, what does Dante leave behind by hoisting sail with his wit?

4. What role had Dick Doolan played in Francis’ life?

5. What does Gerald hope Francis will do after making this visit?

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