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The Sniper

Read the short story on pages 212 - 215.

Background:  This is Liam O'Flaherty's first published work.  It was printed in London in the January 12, 1923, issue of a weekly socialist publication, The New Leader

According to Cummings Guides :

.......In 1919, the newly formed Irish Republican Army launched guerilla warfare during the Irish War of Independence to liberate Ireland from the British. Unable to contain the rebels, London agreed in the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty to create an Irish Free State. However, the agreement would recognize the Free State only as a dominion in the British Commonwealth of Nations. Moreover, it would permit six counties in northern Ireland to withdraw from the Free State, allow the British to maintain ports in the south, and require the Free State to pay part of the debt Britain incurred in waging the war. Consequently, not all Irishmen accepted the agreement, the provisions of which became effective in 1922. (The six northern counties seceded, as expected.) Once-united Irish fighters were now split into two factions—disgruntled IRA members and supporters of the Free State—and fought a civil war. O’Flaherty, himself a member of the IRA, centers his short story on a scene of fighting in Dublin in which an IRA sniper shoots at Free Staters from a rooftop. 

Answer the following questions.

On page 217 of the text answer questions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 9.

Also find one example of figurative langauge that show the sights and sounds of the city. Explain how effective it is in helping you see and understand the place of the story.


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