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 Cleary family not encounter at Drogheda?

2. Where do the Cleary children attend school?

3. What does Mary demand of Ralph after her birthday party, but he refuses?

4. What does Frank do after he hears reports about him and Paddy?

5. What does Fiona bring to her family?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is life like for Fiona at Drogheda?

3. Why do Meggie and Stuart stop attending school?

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

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

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

7. Describe what happens to Paddy when he goes to round up sheep during a storm.

8. What kind of employer is Mary Carson?

9. What is the role of farm women in this time period?

10. What physically happens to Meggie that initially frightens her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

What motivates the following characters?

1) Fiona.

2) Paddy.

3) Mary Carson.

4) Meggie.

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