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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. Who does the boy find out is responsible for the murder of 1921?
(a) A policeman.
(b) His grandfather.
(c) Brother Regan.
(d) Neil McLaughlin.

2. What key theme of the novel is introduced in Chapter 1?
(a) The death of the boy's sister.
(b) The conflict between the Catholics and the Protestants.
(c) The conflict between the police and the IRA.
(d) The disappearance of the boy's uncle.

3. Where does the boy tell his father in Chapter 2 that he would like to go?
(a) Buncrana.
(b) Grianan.
(c) The Field of the Disappeared.
(d) Donegal.

4. What does "The Shan Van Vocht" mean?
(a) The Poor Old Woman.
(b) The Conflict of Past.
(c) The Lovely Dark Land.
(d) The Land of Poverty.

5. After the incident with the rose bushes, the boy stays in his room for more than a day without what?
(a) Light.
(b) Food.
(c) Clothes.
(d) A pillow.

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom is Larry McLaughlin related?

2. How does Rory Hannaway die?

3. Who gives a gun to the boy's father?

4. What happens that lets the boy know his father isn't upset anymore about the rose bushes?

5. What does the boy's grandfather reveal about Eddie in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the boy's mother's interpretation of the story of Sean and the baby sock a reflection on her own relationship with Tony McIlhenny and her role in Eddie's murder?

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

3. What causes the rat infestation mentioned in Chapter 3?

4. What information does the boy's mother find out after Sergeant Burke dies that makes her angry?

5. Why is Crazy Joe such a valuable character to the story of Eddie's disappearance and death?

6. Why does the boy's mother turn hostile toward him in Chapter 6?

7. How does the boy conclude that it was his mother who tipped off McIlhenny?

8. Describe Crazy Joe.

9. Why does Sergeant Burke say he beat up Frank and why does he apologize for it?

10. Who is Danno Bredin?

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