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Trevor Nestor Period 4 Dubliners Study Guide Questions “Ivy Day in the Committee Room” 1.) Mr. O’ Connor is a canvasser. Mr. O ‘Connor spends most of his day by a fire to keep warm instead of working because the weather could cause his work to get wet. 2.) Mr. Hynes says that the working man (in regards to virtues) “is a plain honest man with no hunker-sliding about him. He goes in to represent the labour classes…The working man…gets all kicks and no halfpence. But it's labour produces everything. The workingman is not looking for fat jobs for his sons and nephews and cousins. The working-man is not going to drag the honour of Dublin in the mud to please a German monarch.” Mr. Hynes suggests that candidates get elected for pleasing monarchs and getting support from other political figures. 3.) Henchy believes that Mr. Hynes is working as a spy operative for the political candidate Colgan. Mr. Heynes’ knowledge about politics implies that he is learned and has political connections (possibly, since his boss is a political candidate).
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4.) Hency accuses Hynes of working as a spy operative for the political candidate Colgan. This is in a way a current practice in politics because political figures such as the president have been known to do the same thing (like Nixon). 5.) The group’s opinion is that the Mayor is corrupt and that he gets his power through bribes. The “hard evidence” is that he was seen with other prominent figures. 6.) It was ironic that the men gave the tavern delivery boy a drink because the boy had just come in to give those in the room a delivery of drinks. 7.) The text reads (in regards to Mr. Crofton’s boss-switching) “He had been a canvasser for Wilkins, the Conservative, but when the Conservatives had withdrawn their man and, choosing the lesser of two evils, given their support to the Nationalist candidate, he had been engaged to work for Mr. Tierney.” This implies that canvassers only work for whoever is most convenient at the time and have no solid allegiances. 8.) Henchy notes that Tierney is “tricky” and clever. These qualities are useful but not
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