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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. For what is Selma, Alabama, in 1965, notorious?
(a) Hangings.
(b) Producing politicians.
(c) Crime.
(d) A demonstration King leads for black voting rights.

2. How does James feel at his ordination?
(a) He is unsure.
(b) He is happy.
(c) He is fearful.
(d) He feels betrayed.

3. When the General and Mary reunite with James at St. Paul's College and walk up Fourth Street, to where do they walk?
(a) The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
(b) The Washington Monument.
(c) The Catholic Archidiacese.
(d) The Lincoln Memorial.

4. Why will a local Catholic priest not bury Tate's son, Michael?
(a) Tate is not a Catholic.
(b) The Protestants are fighting to bury him.
(c) Michael is not actually Tate's son.
(d) Tate is a divorced Catholic.

5. What does James return to Washington as a seminarian to study?
(a) Philosophy and theology.
(b) Sociology.
(c) Psychology.
(d) Human evolution.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Joseph ask of his son at Christmas dinner, 1965?

3. 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?

4. What in Washington transforms James' resistance into a resolution because he is faithful to John XXIII and embodies his vision for the Church?

5. To what is the conflict between James and his father limited?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is General Carroll successful in his government position?

2. 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?

3. How is Boston University a good fit for Father Carroll?

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

5. What leads to General Carroll's feelings towards Martin Luther King, Jr.?

6. How is the author resistant to authority?

7. Why does James have a hard time promising to obey and respect Cardinal Cooke and his successors?

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

9. What discussions are held at the Carroll dinner table?

10. Why does the President begin to reject escalation of the war and refuse any use of nuclear weapons?

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