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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. Which of the following characters are Meggie's children?
(a) Ralph & Fiona.
(b) Dane & Justine.
(c) Patrick & Agnes.
(d) Luke & Mary.

2. Where do the Cleary children attend school?
(a) Lord of the Outback Elementary.
(b) The corner school.
(c) Wahine Elementary.
(d) Sacred Heart Convent School.

3. How does Paddy feel about Fiona?
(a) He regrets marrying her.
(b) He falls in love with her.
(c) He wishes she would do a better job of housekeeping.
(d) He feels she and the baby are a burden to him.

4. Why does Ralph ignore Meggie at Mary's birthday party?
(a) Paddy asks him to.
(b) To prevent rumors of a liaison.
(c) He blames her for Hal's death.
(d) He is tired of her childish ways.

5. What does Ralph do with Mary Carson?
(a) Promises that he will move to Italy with her.
(b) Promises that he will work the ranch with Paddy.
(c) Flirts with her to bring in more money for the Church.
(d) Asks her to be like a mother to him.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Paddy work for before his marriage?

2. Which family member is not allowed to attend church?

3. What does Frank participate in while touring the midway with Meggie and Ralph?

4. What attacks Stuart?

5. What one thing does Drogheda not have on the premises?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of employer is Mary Carson?

2. How does life change for Fiona and Meggie when they move into the main house?

3. Describe the relationship between Father Ralph and Mary Carson.

4. How does Father Ralph act more like a private citizen than a representative of the church?

5. What is Father Ralph's visit to Drogheda like?

6. What is significant about Mary Carson's 72nd birthday party?

7. How has Fiona changed after Frank leaves home?

8. Why do the Clearys decide to move to Drogheda?

9. What makes Meggie's doll special?

10. What are the negative aspects for Meggie of living a clannish existence on their farm?

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