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

2. Which two characters are introduced first at the beginning of the novel?
(a) The boy and Una, his sister.
(b) The boy and his mother.
(c) The boy and Rory Hannaway.
(d) The boy and his father.

3. What happens that lets the boy know his father isn't upset anymore about the rose bushes?
(a) His father tells him he understands why his son did it.
(b) His father comes in and kisses his head.
(c) His father apologizes.
(d) His father smiles at him.

4. Who tells the boy's father about Eddie's killing?
(a) Brigid.
(b) Katie.
(c) Ena and Bernadette.
(d) The boy's mother.

5. Where does the boy's father work?
(a) The police station.
(b) The naval base.
(c) The docks.
(d) The distillery.

Short Answer Questions

1. What causes the priest to call off Larry McLaughlin's wedding?

2. In October of 1952, where is the boy sent to live?

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

4. Why is the boys' mother upset when they return from their boat ride across the river?

5. What happens to the distillery after the shootout?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Frances and Francis?

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

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

4. Who is Tony and what happened to him?

5. When the boy's father takes him and his brother Liam out on the boat, what does his father reveal to them and why does it make the boy feel uncomfortable?

6. Why doesn't the author ever reveal the narrator's first name?

7. What does the boy's grandfather tell him right before he dies?

8. How is the motif of fire used in Chapter 3?

9. How do we see the boy react and respond to his circumstances in Chapter 1 instead of accepting them at face value?

10. How are superstitions introduced in Chapter 1?

(see the answer keys)

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