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 Marion want to do with his father?

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

3. What does Hema decide about Genet?

4. What is Marion given when he arrives at the hospital?

5. What does Rosina do to Genet for having had sex?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why is Genet in America, and why does Marion not beat her?

7. How does Marion meet Stone?

8. What does Deepak do that attracts the interest of a visiting surgeon?

9. What does Marion do when he finds out where Dr. Stone is?

10. Where does Marion go when he arrives in New York and how is he surprised there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Cutting for Stone". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Verghese chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Verghese chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Verghese's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Verghese use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Would you call the ending of "Cutting for Stone" happy? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Cutting for Stone" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why the book is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Cutting for Stone" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1, and then judge if "Cutting for Stone" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Cutting for Stone" a successful novel? What about young teens?

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