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William Kennedy
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What advice does Keats give Francis about seeing?
(a) Don’t make any decisions until you have seen as much as possible.
(b) Make sure you learn the thing that you didn’t see at first glance.
(c) Trust your eyes to deceive you, so pay close attention so they don’t.
(d) Be careful not to see too much.

2. How does Helen characterize her relationship with Arthur?
(a) He squandered her wealth.
(b) He introduced her to herself.
(c) He kept her prisoner.
(d) He set her free.

3. What are the dead folks building in Annie’s back yard, when Francis visits?
(a) A mausoleum.
(b) A grave.
(c) Bleachers.
(d) A shed.

4. How did Helen’s father die?
(a) Illness.
(b) He was murdered.
(c) Train wreck.
(d) Jumped off a bridge.

5. How long did Francis and Annie court before they married?
(a) Six months.
(b) Two years.
(c) Three months.
(d) A month and a half.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Francis recognize in King Brady’s saloon?

2. What does Francis protect Katrina Daugherty from?

3. How did Helen find out that her mother had betrayed her?

4. Who is remembered on All Saints Day?

5. What is William Kennedy using when he says that Helen’s money is the last twelve dollars of her life?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Katrina Daugherty and what was her role in Francis’ life?

2. Why does Helen say that she and Francis could not marry?

3. Why is Helen angry with Francis, when she thinks about him in the hotel?

4. Describe Rosskam and his environment.

5. What prompts Francis to get down from Rosskam’s wagon and quit for the day?

6. How did Helen’s father’s death change her life?

7. What kind of peace does Francis make with Annie?

8. How is Helen’s death different from other deaths in Ironweed?

9. How did Helen’s mother and brother cheat her?

10. What was Francis’ mother’s relationship with Katrina Daugherty like?

(see the answer keys)

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