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. Why is Ghosh summoned to the palace?

2. What does Marion often see?

3. What does the Emperor say to Matron?

4. Who decides to take the twins?

5. What does Mary Praise do when Dr. Stone seems to be close to death?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Sister Mary and Anjali on a boat,and what happens to some of the people on the boat?

2. What happens to Dr. Stone after Mary's death?

3. How does Sister Mary care for Dr. Stone, and what happens while she takes care of him?

4. What does Marion remember about being a toddler?

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

6. What is Ghosh doing while Hema is with Mary and Dr. Stone, and how does he find out about Mary's death?

7. Why does Eli Harris call Matron?

8. What do the students do at the beginning of the coup, and how successful are they?

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

10. By the time the twins are six how are they known, and what do they realize about Shiva?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes "Cutting for Stone" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Marion. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Genet. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Shiva. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

"Cutting for Stone" belongs to fictional memoir genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the fictional memoir genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a fictional memoir and a historical novel mystery?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Cutting for Stone". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in "Cutting for Stone". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "Cutting for Stone". Consider the death of Mike as an random act of nature, and the death of Luis as the result of conscious violence. Consider also in your answer the death of innocence in Rick from the beginning of the book to the end.

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