1. In what ways does McCourt use his infancy in New York to foreshadow his experiences in Limerick?

2. What role do Frank’s and his friends’ escapades play in establishing a sense of fun and vitality within the memoir?

3. What do you think McCourt’s primary motivation was for writing his memoir? To earn the sympathy of his readers? To teach them something? Explain.

4. Does Frank’s relationship with Ireland change during his childhood? If so, how does this affect his subsequent return to the United States?