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James P. Carroll
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What changes James' life and leads to a weekly review of two poems?
(a) Patrick Hughes' friendship.
(b) A summer writing workshop taught by Allen Tate.
(c) A literature course in school.
(d) A visit by Allen Tate to the college.

2. What in Washington transforms James' resistance into a resolution because he is faithful to John XXIII and embodies his vision for the Church?
(a) Robert F. Kennedy's speech.
(b) Hans Kung's lecture.
(c) Joseph Carroll's position.
(d) Father Kelly's book.

3. What begins James' breakdown in shared understanding with his father?
(a) The Civil Rights movement.
(b) His leaving the priesthood.
(c) The Vietnam War.
(d) The Paulist order.

4. What does Mary Carroll remind her son about Cardinal Spellman?
(a) He is a good friend.
(b) He is not favored by the Pope.
(c) He is looking forward to ordaining James.
(d) He is looking for a golf caddy.

5. James recalls when he and his fellow candidates lie prostrate on the cold stone floor of St. Paul the Apostle Church. What ceremony is this?
(a) The Passover ceremony.
(b) Reformation Sunday.
(c) The Holy Eucharist.
(d) The ordination ceremony.

Short Answer Questions

1. On what does James learn Catholic beliefs in scripture, events and characters are based?

2. What do President Johnson and Secretary of Defense McNamara not know about Spellman?

3. Why will a local Catholic priest not bury Tate's son, Michael?

4. For what are students at this university notorious?

5. On whom does ritual require a newly-ordained priest to first perform his priestly blessing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Father James continues to have struggles with his vocation and decides to spend the summer on retreat in the Holy Land to reconsider his vocation. How does this trip help him make a decision about being a priest?

2. How does the text show James is beginning to agree with his friends and associates who think he can follow Patrick's example of self-confidence and risk-taking by skating on his own thin ice?

3. How does James feel about his calling as both priest and poet?

4. His Holiness addresses the United Nations for its twentieth-year celebration.

5. How is the author resistant to authority?

6. Describe James' second revolution.

7. What is James' opinion of segregation and white supremacy as a child?

8. What does the FBI do to Martin Luther King, Jr.?

9. How is James' friendship with Patrick Hughes significant?

10. Who are the Paulist Fathers?

(see the answer keys)

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