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James P. Carroll
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens as James and his father are golfing on the base golf course in Puerto Rico?
(a) James tells his father he is marrying Lexa.
(b) A fleet of B-52 bombers lands.
(c) The U.S. begins the Vietnam War.
(d) James tells his father he is joining the priesthood.

2. Who is the ever-present symbol and embodiment of the Catholic Church?
(a) Cardinals.
(b) Priests.
(c) The Pope.
(d) Jesus.

3. Eisenhower is the first president who wears what kind of hat?
(a) Homburg.
(b) A beaver cap.
(c) A top hat.
(d) A baseball cap.

4. What does he instruct James to do?
(a) Drive his mother and brothers south to Richmond.
(b) Become a priest.
(c) Join the FBI.
(d) Move back to Chicago.

5. James recalls that by 1993, he no longer fears nuclear war. Why?
(a) He has built a fallout shelter.
(b) No other nation has nuclear war capabilities.
(c) The 1960's war-mongers are held off in part by his father's efforts.
(d) The U.S. has destroyed all of its nuclear weapons.

6. In his year at Georgetown University what is the author named?
(a) Outstanding Air Force ROTC Cadet.
(b) Mighty Seamen Cadet.
(c) Superb Navy Cadet.
(d) Excellent Army Recruit.

7. Silence during their ride home does what between James and his father?
(a) Leaves unanswered questions.
(b) Causes a rift between to two.
(c) Makes them uncomfortable.
(d) Seals the bond.

8. No longer Father James, a priest, what is James Carroll?
(a) A painter.
(b) A businessman.
(c) A writer.
(d) An engineer.

9. What does Joe stay in for twenty-five years rather than the six months originally expected?
(a) The Air Force.
(b) The Secret Service.
(c) The FBI.
(d) The Navy.

10. The rank General Carroll achieves allows his family to have friendships among what group of people?
(a) The poor of military Catholocism.
(b) The elite of military Catholicism.
(c) The elite of citizen Catholicism.
(d) The poor of citizen Catholicism.

11. Where does the author's mother take him as a two-year-old along with his four-year-old brother, Joe?
(a) To New York City.
(b) FDR's presidential inauguration.
(c) To Disney World.
(d) To Chicago to visit relatives.

12. Who does James feel shame to admit is his childhood neighbor on Generals' Row?
(a) Father Frank Miller.
(b) Robert F. Kennedy.
(c) General Curtis Lemay.
(d) President Herbert Hoover.

13. Joe and his family leave Chicago for FBI training. After training, where are they assigned?
(a) Indianapolis.
(b) Chicago.
(c) New York.
(d) Los Angeles.

14. What do the Catholics call the Chapel?
(a) "Our Lady of Peace."
(b) "Our Lady of Perpetual Help."
(c) "Holy Trinity."
(d) "Our Father."

15. The author reflects on perceptions that he and his father give up worlds they love. Why?
(a) For their country.
(b) For peace.
(c) For what they want.
(d) For war.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does James get to know Monsignor Chess?

2. He finishes preaching his first sermon by reaffirming General Lemay's SAC motto. What is that motto?

3. Where does Joe Carroll work to support his family?

4. How does Joe feel about leaving the seminary?

5. How does Joe's childhood compare to the social standing he later achieves?

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