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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 happens to Hal?

2. How does Paddy feel about Fiona?

3. What does Father Ralph make Fiona promise him?

4. What does Mary give Ralph the evening of her 72nd birthday party?

5. What are the names of the twins that Fiona gives birth to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Since Fiona never converted to Catholicism, what aspects of a Catholic life are missing in the household?

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

3. How do Meggie and Luke feel about her pregnancy?

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

5. What causes disagreements between Frank and Paddy?

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

7. Why doesn't Meggie attend Dane's ordination?

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

9. What are Meggie's thoughts regarding the first few days/weeks of her marriage?

10. Following the end of the war, what happens with Father Ralph?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Meggie's children, Justine and Dane, are close growing up, but they have entirely different personalities. What does Justine's personality say about the relationship between Meggie and Justine's father? What does Dane's personality say about the relationship between Meggie and Dane's father? What is the symbolism of Dane being the perfect child and Justine being not so perfect?

Essay Topic 2

You have been given the task of summarizing a character or characters from this novel in two or three paragraphs. Focusing on the character(s) of your choice, who will you write about? What will you highlight? Why did you choose the character(s) that you chose? Then summarize the character(s) you selected.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the character of Mary Carson. Why do you think she still supported Father Ralph after he would not have a sexual relationship with her?

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