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A Mother: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is the significance of Mr. Holohan’s limp?

2. Why is Mrs. Kearney so overbearing and eager to showcase her daughter at any cost?

3. Explain the similarity between Mr. Holohan and Mr. Kearney.

4. The story’s controversy centers around Kathleen Kearney’s playing, but she never speaks. What the implication of this?

5. Madam Glynn, the English soprano, is described as “startled” and “meagre.” What does she represent?

6. What is ironic about the Eire Abu society?

7. What is Joyce’s implication in the poor quality of the performances artistes?

8. The name Healy was notorious in Joyce’s day because it was the name of one of Charles Parnell’s most famous political betrayers. What is the significance of Miss Healy’s name in this story?

9. What is the significance of the two groups of Irish fighting at a festival for Irish culture?

10. What is the significance of the “threats” at the story’s end?

Answers
1. It implies his ineffectiveness and incapacity; he symbolizes the Irish independence movement’s impotency.

2. She hopes to make her daughter a star in society.

3. They are both...

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