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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. Where does Joe attend six years of night school?
2. What Chicago bank robber, kidnapper and killer has a significant impact on James' father's career?
3. The author reflects on perceptions that he and his father give up worlds they love. Why?
4. Who represents Catholic Irish-American ambition?
5. Where does Joe Carroll work to support his family?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Elvis' significance in this story?
2. How does Roger Touhy who is a Chicago bank robber, kidnapper and killer that have a significant impact on James' father's career?
3. How does Roosevelt's inauguration differ from past presidential inaugurations?
4. Upon what does James Carroll reflect?
5. What are Joseph's and Mary's roles in their family?
6. What does James realize about his desire to enter the seminary?
7. What are some of the discussions about use of nuclear weapons in preemptive strikes on China and the Soviet Union that James remembers?
8. What is Joe's attitude about human nature?
9. How is the Carroll family's experience in Washington, D.C.?
10. What does General Carroll share with his son regarding war?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the book James' opinion of the military, the government, and war change drastically.
Part 1) What does James think of these as a child? Why?
Part 2) How does his opinion change over time? Why?
Part 3) How do his actions match his change in opinion?
Essay Topic 2
The Paulist Fathers are a unique American order of priests.
Part 1) Who are the Paulist Fathers?
Part 2) How are they unique?
Part 3) Why are they charged with crimes against the church?
Essay Topic 3
Joseph believes the "spoiled priest" curse is passed from him to his son.
Part 1) How does Joseph act that supports this statement?
Part 2) Why has Joseph not been able to escape this curse?
Part 3) How does his belief in this curse further push his son, James, away from him?
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