Cradle and All Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How is Kathleen's mother reacting to the events surrounding her daughter?

2. What city does Kathleen travel to?

3. How does Charles, Kathleen's father, treat Anne?

4. How does Kathleen get to her destination in the city?

5. What happens to Colleen the day after her nightmare when she leaves her house?

Short Essay Questions

1. During her press conference, "the voice" is prompting her to say inappropriate things. During this time, Kathleen sees a vision of Mary. Why would this vision be an important factor for Kathleen?

2. How may the two virgin births, one of the savior and one being Satan's child, impact the world?

3. Kathleen feels her parents are scrutinizing her all the time and Mrs. Walsh hates her. What reason would Mrs. Walsh have to feel this way towards Kathleen?

4. Doctor Shapiro performs another exam on Kathleen and also claims that she is a virgin. Doctor Shapiro is not connected with the church. Why is his exam more important to Kathleen than the results received by doctors before?

5. Father Rosetti is the sole survivor of a plane crash when he is on his way to see Colleen. He wonders "if the crash was an accident or meant to kill him." Why would Father Rosetti think this?

6. Why does James Patterson describe Father Rosetti as an honest man?

7. When Anne was a nun she met and fell in love with Father Justin O'Connell. This caused her to rethink the path she was on and pursue a career outside of the Catholic Church. What does this tell the reader about Anne?

8. How may Kathleen's strained relationship with her parents effect the situation?

9. Why would Kathleen not really think about suicide before it was mentioned to her by "the voice"?

10. When the reporter publishes the story on Kathleen, the church is not happy. Why may the church feel this story was detrimental?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the girls become pregnant, the world begins to change. Chaos erupts globally and disease is rampant. However, when the babies are born, the world begins to heal. What do these two pregnancies mean to the world? How was the world affected? What is the symbolic connection between the two events?

Essay Topic 2

Internal conflicts occur when one is arguing with oneself when making decisions. What internal conflicts existed within this novel? Who had these internal conflicts and what were they over? How were decisions made?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay comparing and contrasting Kathleen and Colleen. How are they similar? How are they different? How do other people perceive them? How do they perceive and handle themselves?

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