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 strikes the dead gum tree and starts the fire?

2. How big is the check that Ralph sent Paddy?

3. Where do they bury Hal?

4. What does Fiona bring to her family?

5. Why does Mary Carson prefer to remain a widow?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what Meggie wears to Mary Carson's birthday party.

2. What is life like for Fiona at Drogheda?

3. What happens between Frank and Paddy when they are at the Gillanbone Show and Picnic Races?

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

5. Why does Mary Carson find it more advantageous to remain a widow and not remarry?

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

7. Describe Mary Carson's relationship with her brother, Paddy.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Father Ralph is an ambitious man. If he had known from the beginning that Dane was his son, would the story have changed? If so, in what way(s)? If not, why? Meggie did not want to humiliate Luke, but what other reasons might she have had for keeping the truth about Dane's paternity a secret? Do you think Meggie thought it might change things or perhaps figuratively back Father Ralph into a corner? Support your answers with details from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Drogheda is more than land and a main house. For each of the following characters, write a paragraph outlining what Drogheda means to them.

1) Meggie.

2) Father Ralph.

3) Mary Carson.

4) Fiona.

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