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 convinces James to be Patrick Hughes' friend?

2. Daniel Berrigan becomes a national hero. What is Spellman forced to do?

3. When Kennedy is assassinated, what does Johnson take over?

4. What do President Johnson and Secretary of Defense McNamara not know about Spellman?

5. What does Cardinal Spellman do to Daniel Berrigan?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the FBI do to Martin Luther King, Jr.?

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

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

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

5. General Carroll is chairman of a Washington dinner to honor Hoover. He asks Father James to offer the benediction. How does Father James react?

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

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

8. How is the author resistant to authority?

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

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 government attempts to destroy Martin Luther King, Jr.

Part 1) Why?

Part 2) How?

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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