Cutting for Stone Test | Final 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. What does General Mebratu's brother do to him during the coup attempt?

2. What is one aspect of Stone's work for which he is most known?

3. To what hospital does Marion go in New York?

4. What happens to the patient when Popsy makes an incision?

5. What does Marion leave at Stone's apartment?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Popsy tries to operate during Marion's first surgery?

2. What does Marion and Hema find in Rosina's bungalow when they go there after hearing noises?

3. How does Marion feel, and what does he first do when Genet shows up at his door?

4. How does Marion find out that Genet is in America?

5. How does Marion find out about Shiva's sex life, and what does Shiva tell him when confronted about it?

6. What does the famous doctor suggest to Deepak?

7. Why does Rosina attack Marion, and what does he realize about Genet then?

8. What does Marion notice about Ghosh when Marion is in medical school, what does Ghosh tell him and what does Ghosh ask him?

9. How does Marion feel when Genet returns, and why does Rosina complain?

10. Who arrives while the family is celebrating Ghosh's return, and what does he do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Cutting for Stone", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Cutting for Stone". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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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