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The Boarding House: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is implied in the fact that Polly couldn’t continue to work in the corn-factor’s office?

2. Why is Mrs. Mooney so intent on her daughter marrying practically anyone?

3. How innocent was Polly’s initial approach to Bob Doran?

4. Interpret the statement: “She was an outraged mother.”

5. The “short twelve” Mrs. Mooney hopes to catch after her conversation is the abbreviated noon-time mass. What’s the symbolism implied in this?

6. Bob seeks religious counsel after the affair has become serious. What is the irony in this?

7. Why is Polly’s brother physically described before Bob talks to Mrs. Mooney?

8. Why does Joyce continually refer to Bob’s glasses becoming dim with moisture?

9. Why is the maid’s name Mary?

10. Why does Polly forget “what she had been waiting for”?

Answers
1. Due to her loose morals, she probably began a liaison with the “disreputable sheriff’s man.”

2. Without a husband, a young woman had absolutely no value and no rights at this time in society. In Mrs. Mooney’s eyes, a poor match was...

(The entire section is 369 words.)