An American Requiem Test | Final 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. On what does James learn Catholic beliefs in scripture, events and characters are based?

2. James reads an account of his father's conspiracy to destroy whom?

3. Why do countless Air Force chaplains attend in full dress?

4. By the will of whom does Diem rule Vietnam?

5. What does James do a week before entering the novitiate?

Short Essay Questions

1. Ritual requires a newly-ordained priest perform his first priestly blessing on his parents. How do his parents react?

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 the author resistant to authority?

4. Why does James feel out of place among the working-class Irish novices?

5. How does Martin Luther King, Jr. react when John F. Kennedy tells him Levison, King's adviser, is a one-time Communist Party official with ties to Moscow that risk civil-rights legislation in Congress?

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

7. Why can Michael not be buried by a Catholic priest?

8. Who are the Paulist Fathers?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pope Paul VI shocks many in government positions and is one of many who protest the Vietnam War.

Part 1) How does Pope Paul VI shock those in government?

Part 2) How do others react to what the Pope preaches?

Part 3) What other people promote peace?

Essay Topic 2

The B-52 Bomber is an important symbol in this book.

Part 1) What is a B-52 Bomber? What is its purpose?

Part 2) How is the B-52 Bomber significant in this book?

Part 3) How does the B-52 Bomber symbolize James' opinion of war and the military?

Essay Topic 3

Allen Tate plays an important role in the development of James Carroll.

Part 1) Who is Allen Tate?

Part 2) How does James first come into contact with Tate?

Part 3) What does James learn about himself through Tate's comments?

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