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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 happened to the boy's sister, Una, in 1948?
(a) She became paralyzed.
(b) She was kidnapped.
(c) She became sick and died.
(d) She ran away.

2. 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.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom is Larry McLaughlin related?

2. What is the subject of most of the songs the Catholics sing on the Feast of Assumption?

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

4. What does Sergeant Burke suggest to the boy as he gives him a ride home?

5. What causes the boy to have nightmares?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the boy's relationship with his mother.

2. Why is the disappearance of Uncle Eddie such a mystery?

3. What happens to Frances and Francis?

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

5. The theme of disappearance is further discussed in Chapter 2. Explain.

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

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

8. Describe the narrator.

9. Who is Tony and what happened to him?

10. Why does the boy throw a rock at Sergeant Burke's police car?

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