Cathedral Test | Final 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. Who does Spiegel set up to be the hero?

2. What does the Pope offer to the negotiations?

3. What does the Cardinal believe about the negotiations?

4. After the escape attempt in Book 4, Chapter 46, how are the hostages detained?

5. When the hostages try to escape in Chapter 36, who is hit by a bullet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Maureen's response to Brian when he asks her to come with him after the hostage situation is over?

2. What does Langley report to Hickey about the status of the release of the prisoners?

3. Why is Bellini told to advance the attack to 5:15 a.m.?

4. Why do Hickey and Megan go into the crawlspace after Maureen when she tries to escape?

5. After Maureen is put in the car to be taken to a hospital, what do you think will happen to her next?

6. Why does Schroeder leave the press conference?

7. How does Martin die? What do you think happened?

8. In the end, how does Burke become just like one of the politicians?

9. At the end of Book 4, Chapter 40, what new information does Jack Ferguson give Burke?

10. When it is evident the police are going to storm the cathedral, if you were Flynn, would you move forward and stand strong or give in on your demands? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A theme in Cathedral is that of being a revolutionary. How is this theme embedded in the novel? Explain which characters are revolutionaries and what cause they are fighting for. How do you think the author feels about the cause they are fighting for? In your essay, include whether or not you think it is a worthwhile cause.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the reading of the novel, we have analyzed the development of the plot. In an essay, summarize the key events of the novel and what elements of plot they are. Include exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution.

Essay Topic 3

In addition to simply telling a story, authors also try to create a mood that enhances the story. In an essay, using examples from the novel, describe the mood of Cathedral. What literary devices does he use to create this mood?

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