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

2. What bill does President Johnson propose? He ends his speech with "we shall overcome" and becomes an ally of King's.

3. Despite years of religious training as an altar boy, catechism and religion classes, how is James regarding the Bible and theology?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

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

5. How is Father Daniel Berrigan caught?

6. Who are the Paulist Fathers?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Walter Cronkite declares the war will end in stalemate.

Part 1) What does the President learn from this message?

Part 2) What does the President do because of this message?

Part 3) What does this show about the power of the civilian population?

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

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?

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