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1 What are some of the hardships that immigrants to America face? Describe.

2 Frank McCourt

3 What do we know about the authors life thus far in the story? What adjectives would you use to describe his life? Explain.

4 What do you think would have made Franks family life easier? What could his father and mother have done to provide a better life for their family?

5 What can addiction do to a family? How does it make life difficult?

6 How do you think the McCourts lives will change now that theyre in Ireland? Will things be better or worse?

7 How do the McCourts relatives and friends in Ireland treat them? Were they better off in America?

8 How are things different in Ireland? How are they the same as life in New York?

9 How has losing children affected Angela? How do you think losing a child affects a parent, and a family as a whole?

10 Do you think Malachy will ever be able to hold a job? Do you think his being from Northern Ireland really holds him back from finding employment or is it more his drinking?

11 What do you think is going to happen now that one of Franks brothers is sick? How will this affect the family?

12 Why do you think McCourt titled the memoir Angela's Ashes? How would you describe his mother's presence in McCourt's childhood?

13 Discuss McCourt's experiences in school. Are you surprised to learn he became a teacher? How do you think his experiences influenced him?

14 In what ways is Angela's Ashes uplifting despite the sad situations in the story? How does McCourt produce hope through his writing?

15 How would you describe McCourt's view of the Catholic Church?

16 Does Angela's Ashes teach you anything new about Ireland?

17 Rate the story on a scale of 1-5. What do you like about the story? What do you dislike about the way McCourt tells his story?

18 McCourt writes: I think my father is like the Holy Trinity with three people in him, the one in the morning with the paper, the one at night with the stories and prayers, and then the one who does the bad thing and comes home with the smell of whiskey and wants us to die for Ireland. Was this your impression of Frank McCourt's father? How can Frank write about his father without bitterness? What part did Malachy play in creating the person that Frank eventually became?

19 Women – in particular mothers – play a significant role in Angela's Ashes. Recall the scenes between Angela and her children; the MacNamara sisters (Delia and Philomena) and Malachy; Aunt Aggie and young Frank; Angela and her own mother. In what ways do these interactions reflect the roles of women within their families? Discuss the ways in which Angela struggles to keep her family together in the most desperate of circumstances.

20 Frank spent the first four years of his life in the United States. How do his experiences in America affect Frank's years in Ireland?

21 Throughout Angela's Ashes, Malachy's drinking goes from bad to worse and this deeply affects the family in a negative manner. Is Malachy's influence on his son purely negative, or does he make a positive impact as well?

22 How does McCourt interject traditional Irish rituals and mythology into Angela's Ashes?

23 As a youngster, heroes fascinate Frank. Who are these heroes and what purpose does their example serve?

24 What do you think Angela misses about her old life? Explain.

25 What effect do Franks schoolmates have on him? Explain.

26 What is the view of America in Angela's Ashes? Explain.

27 What role do Franks and his friends escapades play in establishing a sense of fun and vitality within the memoir? Explain.

28 What do you think McCourts primary motivation was for writing his memoir? To earn the sympathy of his readers? To teach them something? Explain.

29 Do you think the McCourts station in life will improve anytime soon? Why or why not?

30 How is Mr. OHalloran different from Franks previous teachers?

31 Do you think its fair that Malachy wants Angela to have more children? What does it tell you about the wifes role in Irish culture?

32 The Catholic Church plays a major role in Frank McCourt's life. Discuss this role in negative and positive terms.

33 What are the McCourts main struggles at this point in the novel?

34 What street smarts are Franks friends teaching him? How will these experiences affect him?

35 How will Franks eye infection affect him in the long term? Do you think he may go blind?

36 What do you think of Guard Dennehys reaction to the McCourts living situation? What does it tell you about how they live?

37 Will anything improve for the McCourts now that Malachy is in England? Why or why not?

38 How do you think Frank feels when he sees his mother begging? How would you feel if you were him?

39 What, if anything, could Angela do to improve her familys circumstances?

40 Why do you think Frank and members of his family keep getting sick? What could they do to avoid illness? Is there anything they could do?

41 How do you think Angela feels about having to rely on other people to support her family? How would you feel?

42 Do you think it makes sense for Frank to want to work? Or should he stay in school? Which would you prefer?

43 Frank opens the book by saying that his family should have stayed in New York. Seeing how desperate things are in Ireland, what might have been different for the McCourts had they stayed in America?

44 How does the Catholic Churchs influence make Frank feel guilty for things hes done? How does this guilt affect him?

45 What are some comforts that are now commonplace, for example indoor plumbing, that the McCourts dont have? Does it make you more appreciative of these things, reading about a family that does not have them?

46 Why was Frank and Uncle Pa Keatings conversation about not taking the post office exam so important? How do you think it affects the rest of Franks life?

47 Would you feel badly, as Frank does, for writing the threatening letters to Mrs. Finucanes customers? Explain why or why not.

48 Would you take the extra money from Mrs. Finucane the way Frank does? Do you think hes entitled to it?

49 Do you think Frank should have gone to America alone or should he have waited until he had enough money to take his brothers and mother? Explain.

50 What do you think will happen to Frank once he gets to America?

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