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. What does Maureen try to tell Burke when he brings in food?

2. In Book 4, Chapter 33, after Burke talks with Ferguson, what does he do?

3. Because of the message from the confessional, Spiegal tells Bellini to do what?

4. In Book 1, where will Maureen appear after she leaves the hotel?

5. How does Schroeder feel about the first negotiation?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the hotel, how does Maureen know that Flynn is in the area?

2. Describe Megan's disposition.

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

4. What is being foreshadowed when Martin says "I wonder about that" in response to Burke saying they won't have to shoot their way in?

5. Why does Maureen want to escape?

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

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

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

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

10. After the attempt to free Sheila, how do Brian and Maureen find a safe place to hide?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an expository essay giving an overview of the conflict in Northern Ireland. Include a historical basis for the conflict, key events in the struggle and how the conflict is demonstrated in the novel, Cathedral.

Essay Topic 2

The setting significantly affects the plot of a novel. In an essay, analyze the role of setting including a description of the setting of Cathedral, how the setting can change the novel, and examples of how the novel would be different if the setting were to change.

Essay Topic 3

DeMille uses foreshadowing to further the plot development in this suspenseful novel. How is foreshadowing used as a literary technique to advance the plot of this novel? Using examples from the text as evidence.

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