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Angela’s Ashes

Frank McCourt

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1. Why did Angela and Malachy McCourt marry in New York?

2. Why does Angela’s family initially view Frank’s father with suspicion?

3. When Malachy comes home drunk, what does he tell his sons they must do?

4. Why is Nora Molloy’s husband, Peter, famous in Limerick?

5. What image strikes Frank when he finds his father in the pub on the day of Eugene’s funeral?

6. How many families use the public lavatory outside the McCourts’ home in Roden Lane?

7. Why does Frank’s Grandma fret that she has “God in me backyard”?

8. In what way is Grandma’s lodger Bill Galvin unusual?

9. Why does Angela think Frank is rejected from becoming an altar boy?

10. What elements of his stay in the hospital does Frank enjoy?

11. Why does Angela think that the women in her street have a “low-class” mentality?

12. After which country do the McCourts nickname their second floor?

13. Why does Frank find it difficult to condemn his father for his drinking?

14. Why does Mr. Hannon have to retire from his job delivering coal?

15. How does Frank spend his fourteenth birthday?

16. What is Frank’s father’s first and only Christmas present to his family?

17. Why are the McCourts evicted from their home in Roden Lane?

18. Why does the protagonist leave Laman Griffin’s house to stay with Ab Sheehan?

19. Why does Frank not take the post office exam?

20. Why does Mr. McCaffrey tell Frank that he can only go up in life?

21. What does a priest tell Frank after the protagonist confesses to hitting his mother and damning Theresa Carmody to hell?

22. What is printed on the page that Frank is ordered to tear from all copies of the magazine John O’ London’s Weekly?

23. What does Frank do with Mrs. Finucane’s ledger of debts after his employer dies?

24. What does Frank observe on his last night in Limerick?

25. To what does Frank compare his arrival in New York?

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by miss_naynay16, August 06, 2013

Pa Keating picked up Eugene, not Malachy, and then aunt Aggie started to cry

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