The Thorn Birds Test | 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 does the housekeeper tell Ralph the morning after Mary Carson's birthday party?

2. What is Ralph's role with the Cleary family?

3. What is Paddy's job?

4. What does the oldest son want to do?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes disagreements between Frank and Paddy?

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

3. How has Fiona changed after Frank leaves home?

4. What does Mary Carson's new will say?

5. What is Father Ralph's dilemma regarding Mary Carson's second will?

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

7. What happens to Stuart during the search for Paddy?

8. What kind of employer is Mary Carson?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Frank was obviously Fiona's favorite child as her first-born son. Describe in detail the ups and downs of Frank and Fiona's relationship from the beginning of the story. Why doesn't Fiona tell Frank from the beginning about Paddy and his father? Do you think it would have made a difference in the way Frank responded to Paddy throughout the years?

Essay Topic 2

Justine is an ambitious young woman with a personality very different from Dane's. Describe the differences as well as the similarities. What, looking at their family histories, contributes to the differences or similarities? Paternity is an issue as well. How does this affect the brother and sister?

Essay Topic 3

Are there any relationships that appear similar in this story? If so, what are the specific relationships and describe the situation and outcomes. These relationships may be between brother and sister, husband and wife, employer and employee, etc.

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