Study questions

On this page, we suggest a number of study questions that can help you get started with your analysis of “Tom Corridan” by Arhondia. On the following pages, you can read examples and explanations that can help you answer all of these questions.

Study questions about structure

How is the conflict between Tom and his father foreshadowed in the first paragraph of the story?

What is the climax of the story?

Is the ending of the story open or closed

Study questions about characters

In what ways is Tom different from the rest of his family? 

How does Tom's father feel about Tom's ambition of going to the university?

How does the power relationship between Tom and his father change as the story progresses?

What role does Father Flanagan play in Tom's life?

Study questions about setting

When and where does the story take place? 

Which soc...

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