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. Who does His Holiness address for its twentieth-year celebration?

2. For what are students at this university notorious?

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

4. What does James return to Washington as a seminarian to study?

5. Nixon is in office and plans to do what with the Vietnam War?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. Describe James' second revolution.

6. General Carroll's DIA offers up analysis that the bombing is having no effect on Hanoi's ability to wage war. How do the Joint Chiefs respond?

7. What discussions are held at the Carroll dinner table?

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

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

10. Why is General Carroll successful in his government position?

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

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.

Part 1) What does James do in the Holy Land?

Part 2) Who does he meet? How does he help him in his decision-making?

Part 3) How does James resolve this struggle?

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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