Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is distinct about Larry McLaughlin's character?
2. In October of 1952, where is the boy sent to live?
3. How do the boy's father's parents die?
4. In Chapter 1, why doesn't the boy's mother want him to cross by the window at the top of the stairs?
5. Who is the heroine of the novel the boy reads in the dark?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is the boy narrator fond of Aunt Katie?
2. How is the theme of disappearance used in Chapter 1?
3. Who is Tony and what happened to him?
4. Why does Sergeant Burke say he beat up Frank and why does he apologize for it?
5. How is the motif of fire used in Chapter 3?
6. What does the boy recall about "unconditional love"?
7. Why is the boy uncomfortable with the sympathy he feels for the police after Rory Hannaway's death?
8. Why is the disappearance of Uncle Eddie such a mystery?
9. What does the boy believe about his loyalties to his parents as he sets off to college?
10. 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?
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the boy's mother and father.
1.) How are they different in their treatments of the boy? How are they same?
2.) What parts of the family secret does each of them know?
3.) How do their behaviors change over the course of the novel?
Essay Topic 2
Would it have been better if the mystery of Eddie's death was revealed earlier in the novel? How does the slowly unfolding mystery add to the boy narrator's character development? How does it shape him to become the man he grows up to be?
Essay Topic 3
What is the significance of disappearance and death as themes in the novel?
1. Are these themes important to keeping the secret a mystery to the boy?
2. How does the story of Eddie's death change for the boy as more people disappear or die?
3. How are the stories told by the characters (Sean, Francis, Frances, Brigid, Claire Falkener, Grenaghan, etc.) all related to this theme of death and disappearance?
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