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 happens to Patsy when he and Jims are at war?

2. What comment does Fiona make that surprises Meggie?

3. Where does the war take Jims and Patsy?

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

5. What does Luke believe he should do when they get married?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are some things that Meggie realizes about Luke?

4. Why do Luke and Meggie honeymoon and then move to Queensland after they are married?

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

6. What happens to Dane after his ordination?

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

8. What happens to the twins in New Guinea?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Who do you think is the most tragic character in the book? Why would you pick this particular character? Give examples from the book that highlight what makes this character particularly tragic.

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