Cathedral Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nelson Demille
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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. After Schroeder's second round of negotiations, how does he feel?

2. How does Schroeder feel about the first negotiation?

3. Where does the book begin?

4. What does Burke deliver to Flynn at the beginning of Book 4, Chapter 26?

5. Who in the rectory has information on Megan?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Jack Ferguson and what does he tell Burke?

2. Why does Burke want Martin excluded from the negotiations?

3. What does Flynn think Martin's ulterior motive is?

4. What happens at the ravine with the murder of the two British soldiers?

5. Who are the Fenians and who is their leader?

6. What is the signal to begin the attack on the cathedral by the Fenians?

7. What happens after the signal to start the attack by the Fenians is given?

8. What does the slogan "once in, never out" refer to?

9. What does Burke find in the architect's apartment?

10. Why does Maureen want to escape?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Brian Flynn can be described as a dynamic character because his actions change throughout the novel. One reason is because of the relationship between Brian and Maureen. In an essay, write a character analysis that analyzes the impact Maureen has had on Brian's actions. Citing specific examples from the text, what has Brian done because of his feelings for Maureen that he might not have done if they didn't have a relationship?

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, an author's bias about an event comes through in their writing. In an essay, evaluate DeMille's stance on the conflict in Northern Ireland. Whose side would he be on? Use examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Symbolism is a literary device used to give meaning to an object beyond the obvious. Write an essay that analyzes a symbol used in Cathedral. Include a description of the symbol and how it is used in the novel.

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