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 Tisge have the day Marion meets her?

2. What does Marion want to do with his father?

3. What does Marion hear coming from Rosina's apartment?

4. Who comes to the house the day of the execution?

5. How does Marion find out why he is ill?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Marion's life saved after he becomes critically ill?

2. How does Marion see Tsige again?

3. What does Stone tell Marion about how he ended up in Africa?

4. What does Marion do to express his anger towards Stone?

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

6. What do the nurses ask Marion to do when Popsy enters the operating room?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Cutting for Stone", questions that Verghese most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Verghese' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Verghese' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Verghese and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

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