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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. In Chapter 2, at what time does the grandfather clock strike before it stops for good?
(a) Midnight.
(b) Nine.
(c) Six.
(d) Ten.

2. Where did the shoot-out of 1922 occur?
(a) In the streets.
(b) In the distillery.
(c) In the church.
(d) In the market.

3. Where are the boy's father's sisters sent to live after the death of their parents?
(a) Their grandfather.
(b) Their father's brother.
(c) Their mother's sister.
(d) Their brother.

4. What does Crazy Joe say Larry's mysterious woman turns into?
(a) A fox.
(b) A butterfly.
(c) A deer.
(d) A bird.

5. In Chapter 1, where does the boy's mother ask him to take flowers?
(a) To his teacher.
(b) To a grave.
(c) To his father.
(d) To a sick relative's house.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 1, what causes the boy's mother to become inconsolable?

2. Why does the boy's father hit him in Chapter 3?

3. Who tells the boy about the murder of 1921?

4. According to the local belief his father told the boy, who gathers at the Field of the Disappeared at Christmas and other festivals?

5. What does the boy try to do after his talk with Sergeant Burke in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What strong religious beliefs of his community does the boy share in the beginning of Chapter 1?

2. How is the novel The Shan Van Vocht an example of female symbolism?

3. How does the boy get rid of the rat problem?

4. How can we see in Chapter 2 that the belief in the supernatural is a powerful force in Northern Ireland during this time?

5. How is the boy's father's life seen as very difficult and sad?

6. Why is the boy uncomfortable with the sympathy he feels for the police after Rory Hannaway's death?

7. Describe the narrator.

8. Describe the events surrounding the distillery and what happens to it.

9. Why does the boy try to run away in Chapter 3?

10. How is the theme of disappearance used in Chapter 1?

(see the answer keys)

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