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 think about Genet when she returns?

2. What surprises Marion about his arrival in New York?

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

4. What does the family do when Ghosh returns home?

5. Where does Marion go to celebrate passing his medical boards?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Who does Marion and Shiva run into a few days after Genet returns, what does she suggest to Marion, what is his response and how does Shiva feel about Marion's response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Marion and Shiva. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Genet and Tsige. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "Cutting for Stone" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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