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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 1, why doesn't the boy's mother want him to cross by the window at the top of the stairs?
(a) Someone outside will see him.
(b) The window is broken and glass shards cover the floor.
(c) Rain is pouring in from the open window.
(d) She senses a ghost nearby.

2. Who is Ena?
(a) The boy's sister.
(b) The boy's grandmother.
(c) The boy's mother's sister.
(d) The boy's father's sister.

3. Who is Katie?
(a) The boy's grandmother.
(b) The boy's father's aunt.
(c) The boy's mother's sister.
(d) The boy's sister.

4. What causes the priest to call off Larry McLaughlin's wedding?
(a) Larry has cheated on this soon-to-be wife.
(b) Larry doesn't want to get married.
(c) Larry isn't ready to get married.
(d) Larry has become insane.

5. What does the boy's grandfather reveal about Eddie in Chapter 3?
(a) Eddie was set up.
(b) Eddie died in a warehouse fire.
(c) Eddie left for America.
(d) Eddie was an informer.

6. Who is Meave?
(a) The boy's sister.
(b) Eddie's daughter.
(c) Katie's daughter.
(d) The boy's niece.

7. In June 1948, what does the boy witness?
(a) His father leave town.
(b) His mother attempt suicide.
(c) The house burn down.
(d) The death of a young boy.

8. When does Tony McIlhenny disappear?
(a) When Katie is pregnant.
(b) When Una dies.
(c) When Ena dies.
(d) When the boy is born.

9. What does Sergeant Burke suggest to the boy as he gives him a ride home?
(a) That Eddie was killed.
(b) That the boy's father is responsible for Eddie's disappearance.
(c) That the boy's father doesn't know what really happened to Eddie.
(d) That Eddie was involved in something dangerous before his disappearance.

10. Where does Tony McIlhenny disappear to?
(a) England.
(b) America.
(c) Denmark.
(d) Poland.

11. Why do the boy's father's drinking binges stop between 1920 and 1926?
(a) His father revealed to his wife who killed Eddie in 1926.
(b) His father found out Eddie was innocent in 1926.
(c) His father found out about Eddie being an informer in 1926.
(d) His father found out who killed Eddie in 1926.

12. Who gives a gun to the boy's father?
(a) A family friend.
(b) A local policeman.
(c) A German sailor.
(d) His grandfather.

13. Chapter 3 opens with the narrator talking about the neighborhood having what kind of infestation problem?
(a) Roaches.
(b) Mice.
(c) Bees.
(d) Rats.

14. Who is the real informer?
(a) Larry McLaughlin.
(b) Crazy Joe.
(c) Tony McIlhenny.
(d) The boy's grandfather.

15. Who tells the boy about the murder of 1921?
(a) Rory Hannaway.
(b) Billy Mahon.
(c) Neil McLaughlin.
(d) Brother Regan.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the boy's father do for a living?

2. From where does the title of the novel get its name?

3. Why is the murder case of 1921 thrown out of court?

4. According to the boy's father, how long has the boy's mother known about Eddie?

5. In Chapter 1, where does the boy's mother ask him to take flowers?

(see the answer keys)

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