An American Requiem Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

James P. Carroll
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. James and Joe junior accompany their father to what base in Puerto Rico?

2. James is in college now and working as what for the summer?

3. What are Americans encouraged to do against the Soviet fallout?

4. James recalls that by 1993, he no longer fears nuclear war. Why?

5. How does Joe feel about leaving the seminary?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Joseph's and Mary's roles in their family?

2. What is Elvis' significance in this story?

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

4. What is known about Francis Cardinal Spellman?

5. Why is FDR an admired president?

6. How does Joseph's family realize without a doubt that he is suffering from Alzheimer's.

7. Describe James' second revolution.

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

9. What is the General's opinion of Martin Luther King, Jr.?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Cardinal Cooke asks candidates to promise to obey and respect him and his successors as he enfolds their hands.

Part 1) Why does James have a hard time accepting this?

Part 2) How does this keep power out of the hands of individual priests?

Part 3) Imagine how you would feel in his position. How would you have handled this situation?

Essay Topic 2

Silence is a theme throughout this book.

Part 1) When are characters silent in this book?

Part 2) Why are they silent?

Part 3) How does their silence affect the choices they make and their relationships with those around them?

Essay Topic 3

The government attempts to destroy Martin Luther King, Jr.

Part 1) Why?

Part 2) How?

Part 3) Are they successful? Why or why not?

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