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. What has made FDR paralyzed from the waist down?

2. FDR is an admired president because of the way he treats what?

3. Joe and Jim wear Democrat campaign pins with what motto to protest Republican "I Like Ike" campaign pins?

4. What proposes using bomb shelters after a U.S. first strike?

5. How is James, Joe and Mary's second son, born?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do 1950s Americans perceive Pope Pius XII?

2. What is Joe's attitude about human nature?

3. How does James perceive his family's time in Germany?

4. How does Joe become a part of Kelly's political hypocrisy?

5. What do Joe and Mary do for their Chicago guests and relatives from Chicago?

6. How does James change from his pro-war attitude?

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

8. What is known about Francis Cardinal Spellman?

9. What are the two tracks James sees in his life in Wiesbaden?

10. What are some of the discussions about use of nuclear weapons in preemptive strikes on China and the Soviet Union that James remembers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

James is both priest and poet.

Part 1) How does he come to be both?

Part 2) How does he struggle with these two callings?

Part 3) At the end of the book, is he a priest, poet, or both? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Joe feels like a disgrace for leaving the seminary.

Part 1) Why does he leave the seminary?

Part 2) Why does he feel guilty for leaving? What curse manifests from his leaving the seminary?

Part 3) How does his disgrace linger for the rest of the life?

Essay Topic 3

When James is growing up, the Catholic Church is still hiding its accounts of sexual immorality.

Part 1) How does James deal with his struggle with his sexuality?

Part 2) How does he view the religious men around him? How they aid him in his choices?

Part 3) Predict James' reaction to the priests he knows, if he had learned about their breaking of the vow of celibacy. How might this knowledge have affected his decisions?

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