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. What changes James' life and leads to a weekly review of two poems?

2. For what is Selma, Alabama, in 1965, notorious?

3. What do James and fellow novices do on the edge of a lake?

4. James feels his life ends when he enters seminary and that as a child he first hears the word as what?

5. Why does James organize a citizens' tribunal to indict J. Edgar Hoover?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the author resistant to authority?

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

3. 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?

4. How does the text show James is beginning to agree with his friends and associates who think he can follow Patrick's example of self-confidence and risk-taking by skating on his own thin ice?

5. What is the tone difference between Robert F. Kennedy and J. Edgar Hoover?

6. How is Father Daniel Berrigan caught?

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

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

9. Who are the Paulist Fathers?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

James goes through three revolutions of change.

Part 1) What are the three revolutions?

Part 2) Give examples from the text that show these revolutions.

Part 3) How do these revolutions influence him later in life?

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

When given a crayon, Joseph, in the depths of his Alzheimer's, writes his wife's name repeatedly.

Part 1) Why do you think he does this?

Part 2) What does this say about his choice to leave the seminary and wed Mary?

Part 3) How might this make Mary feel? Why?

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