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 Tsige want to do to thank Marion?

3. How does Marion feel when he learns Genet is in America?

4. How many woman does Shiva tell Marion he has slept with?

5. What does Genet do after they eat breakfast?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Marion meet Stone?

2. What does Rosina do about Genet's sex drive and what happens as the result of that action?

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

4. How does Marion see Tsige again?

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

6. How does Marion finally end up having sex with Genet, and what does she do after they are together?

7. How does Deepak feel about the famous doctor's suggestion and what does Marion learn from Deepak about the doctor?

8. What does Stone do after Marion lets him know how he feels?

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

10. Where does Marion go when he is missing Genet, and what happens there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way around. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Cutting for Stone" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.)

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