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. What is the main concern of Roberta Spiegel?

2. Where do Burke, Martin and Spiegel go to discuss the assault plan?

3. When Schroeder meets Flynn at the front of the cathedral, why does he tell Flynn of the attack plans?

4. What is the Cardinal doing after the police invasion?

5. In Book 4, Chapter 55, what promise does Flynn release Burke from?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the end of Book 4, Chapter 50, what is the likelihood of the situation coming to a peaceful end? Why?

2. Why does Schroeder start screaming "No!" when he hears that the attack plans have been changed?

3. Why is Bellini not optimistic about the assault on the cathedral?

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

5. What is Operation Phoenix?

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

7. Why does Schroeder leave the press conference?

8. Describe the pressure the Mayor uses to get everyone to go forward with the attack.

9. Why hasn't Flynn responded to the government's offer?

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

Throughout the novel Cathedral, Brian Flynn goes through various changes that affect how the reader feels about him. In an essay, analyze how Flynn is a dynamic character. At the beginning of the novel, do you see him as a "good guy" or a "bad guy"? How does that change throughout the novel? Use examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

In an essay, write a literary critique of The Cathedral. Include the following:

· What is the author's purpose in writing the story?

· What is the author's underlying belief about the topic?

· Do you agree with the author's conclusions?

· Does the writing follow a conventional plot diagram?

· Is the conflict made clear?

· Do you agree with the author's resolution of the conflict?

· Is there enough evidence throughout the novel to support the events that take place?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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