Cutting for Stone Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Abraham Verghese
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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. In what physical condition are the twins?

2. How does Hema feel about Stone's response?

3. Why does Sister Mary go to the Missing Hospital?

4. What does Dr. Stone do to try and help Mary?

5. What does the family learn about General Mebratu?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Marion responsible for the death of a soldier?

2. How does Hema feel about the twins after she takes them in, and why does she call Ghosh for help?

3. Why does Rosina run to the palace during the beginning of the coup?

4. How does Dr. Stone find out Mary is pregnant?

5. What does Hema realize almost instantly in the operating room, and what does she shout at Stone? What is his response?

6. What devastates Mary about the boat trip, and what does Dr. Stone ask her when they reach Addis Ababa? What is Mary's response to his question?

7. What does Hema do about Shiva not talking, what angers Marion and what does he yell at her?

8. What does Hema do with Mary, and what does she find out is the problem?

9. Why does Eli Harris call Matron?

10. What does Ghosh explain to the man with stomach pain, and what does he realize about the man?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Cutting for Stone" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Cutting for Stone"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Cutting for Stone" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Marion and Shiva. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Genet and Tsige. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "Cutting for Stone" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Cutting for Stone".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Cutting for Stone". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Cutting for Stone". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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