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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 does Ralph stop just short of explaining to Meggie?
(a) That Mary is jealous of Meggie.
(b) That he is in love with Meggie.
(c) That Mary has no intention of sharing her wealth.
(d) Where babies come from.

2. Why do Paddy and Frank have so many conflicts?
(a) Frank is not Paddy's biological son.
(b) There is so much work to do and both are stressed.
(c) Paddy feels that Frank is too protective of Meggie.
(d) Fiona favors Frank over Paddy.

3. With the exception of Meggie, what is the family's attitude toward Fiona's latest pregnancy?
(a) Welcoming - someone to eventually help out in the fields.
(b) Anger at another mouth to feed.
(c) Embarrassment.
(d) Worry for Fiona's health.

4. What are the names of the twins that Fiona gives birth to?
(a) Adam and Michael.
(b) Patrick and Ralph.
(c) Frank and Chris.
(d) James and Patrick.

5. What does the Cleary family not encounter at Drogheda?
(a) Dust and flies.
(b) A forest.
(c) Snakes, birds, and kangaroos.
(d) Oppressive heat.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Paddy when the big storm strikes?

2. What event draws the Cleary family closer?

3. What does Fiona discover while packing?

4. When Fiona is bedridden with her latest pregnancy, who is her greatest helper?

5. What does Father Ralph tell Meggie when he returns for the funerals?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the family think of Paddy's disappearance?

2. What happens to Meggie's friendship with Teresa Annunzio?

3. How has Fiona changed after Frank leaves home?

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

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

6. Why is the romance between Meggie Cleary and Father Ralph ill-fated?

7. What kind of employer is Mary Carson?

8. How has Father Ralph's life changed since Mary Carson died?

9. Describe what happens to Hal during one of the dry winters in Chapter 6.

10. What does Fiona find while packing and how does it affect her?

(see the answer keys)

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