The Thorn Birds Test | Final 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 Luke believe he should do when they get married?

2. Why does Fiona see things from Meggie's perspective?

3. What happens to Patsy when he and Jims are at war?

4. What does Cardinal Contini-Verchese find out?

5. What does Luke find for Meggie when they get to Queensland?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Father Ralph do when he is back in Rome?

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

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

4. What major decision does Meggie make regarding her marriage and her future?

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

6. What does Justine decide to do instead of attending college, and how does her family react to this news?

7. How does Meggie ensure that Luke will never question the paternity of their child?

8. Who comes to visit Meggie while she is on vacation at Matlock?

9. What happens to Dane after his ordination?

10. In the life of the Cleary family, what two major events take place on September 2, 1945?

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

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 3

There are several dissatisfied characters in this book who cannot seem to find contentment. On the other end of the spectrum, are there any characters that are content with their lives? Who are these characters? Describe their situations and their reactions to the events that unfold around them.

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