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. Who is hired as a new sheep shearer?

2. Who are Meggie's new employers in Queensland?

3. What traveling job does Luke take for six days a week?

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

5. Who is Luke's new boss when he becomes a sugar cane cutter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Dane after his ordination?

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

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

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

5. What happens to the twins in New Guinea?

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

7. What are Meggie's ideas about marriage?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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