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

2. What is not James' belief but simply taken for granted as the way things are?

3. The Pope's speech ends in French. What does it translate to in English?

4. How does James read the Bible for the first time?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Father Daniel Berrigan protest the war?

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

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

4. His Holiness addresses the United Nations for its twentieth-year celebration.

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

6. Why does the President begin to reject escalation of the war and refuse any use of nuclear weapons?

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

8. Describe James' second revolution.

9. 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?

10. How is the author resistant to authority?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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