Doubt Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John Patrick Shanley
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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. In what year does the play take place?

2. In Scene 2, what does Sister Aloysius want Sister James to be with the children?

3. What happens after the sailor sets his course in the parable of the sailor?

4. According to Father Flynn, when you're at the free throw line, it's you versus who?

5. What does Father Flynn say about shooting from the free throw line?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Father Flynn, how did President Kennedy's death bring people together?

2. Why does Sister Aloysius say she cannot afford an excessively innocent teacher?

3. Why does Father Flynn compare the sailor's despair to a crisis of faith?

4. In Scene 5, what two things about Father Flynn shock Sister Aloysius?

5. Why does Father Flynn say even in individual doubt, one is not alone?

6. In Scene 2, what does Sister Aloysius refer to when she says that every easy choice today has a consequence tomorrow?

7. Why does Father Flynn say it is dangerous to think at the foul line?

8. How do we know that this play is set in 1964?

9. In Scene 5, what makes Father Flynn have an idea to preach a sermon on intolerance?

10. What is Father Flynn's relationship with the boys on the basketball team like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the importance of gender roles in the play? How do they affect the interactions of the characters and the plot?

Essay Topic 2

Mrs. Muller has an interesting way of protecting her son. This is revealed in how she feels about Donald's relationship with Father Flynn and her concern for his education. Write an essay discussing what Mrs. Muller believes to be true about her son and how that affects what she thinks is best for him? Why does she appreciate Father Flynn's interest in her son rather than worry about it?

Essay Topic 3

How do Father Flynn's views on doubt, as seen is his sermon on doubt delivered in Scene 1, differ from the actual consequences of doubt as shown through the actions of the play? Use specific examples from the play to support your ideas.

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