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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. From whom does the boy's mother warn him to stay away in Chapter 6?
(a) Crazy Joe.
(b) The police.
(c) The priests.
(d) His uncles.

2. What does the boy say is significant because of the mother's change?
(a) Her secret is now locked inside of her.
(b) Her mind won't linger on the secret of loving McIlhenny anymore.
(c) She can't hear the lies about Eddie any longer.
(d) She is no longer depressed.

3. Who is Danno Bredin?
(a) Jimmy's brother.
(b) Young man in the navy.
(c) Claire's father.
(d) The boy's friend.

4. What does the boy think happened to Eddie in the secret passage of Grianan?
(a) Larry shot him.
(b) Eddie starved to death.
(c) His grandfather shot him.
(d) Eddie was swallowed up by the earth.

5. Why doesn't the girl return Jimmy's affection?
(a) She moves away.
(b) She loves someone else.
(c) She lives a life of celibacy.
(d) She doesn't associate with his family.

Short Answer Questions

1. What advice does Crazy Joe give the boy in Chapter 6?

2. By the end of Chapter 6, how many of the boy's parents' children live at home?

3. What does Crazy Joe reveal to the boy?

4. Which character dies in 1959?

5. For what does Sergeant Burke apologize in 1957?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does his mother's inability to speak because of her stroke affect her relationship with the boy?

2. What is the boy punished for by the Dean and what is his punishment?

3. Who is Danno Bredin?

4. Why is the boy again upset with his mother at the end of Chapter 5?

5. What causes the boy to realize his mother doesn't care what he reveals to anyone?

6. Why does Katie's family refuse to attend Meave's wedding?

7. What scripture passages does the boy enjoy reading, but why do they trouble him?

8. Why does the boy's evening with Irene prove to be a disappointment?

9. What does the boy's mother say that upsets Katie?

10. What is important about the boy's reading of the story of Eddie's death in Irish?

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