Doubt Test | Final 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. What does Father Flynn say is the message of the Savior?

2. In Scene 8, what does Sister Aloysius say will happen to Father Flynn after she exposes him?

3. Where did Father O'Rourke tell the woman to take a pillow?

4. What reason did the woman give for her response to Father O'Rourke's second request?

5. According to Mrs. Muller, what is upsetting Donald?

Short Essay Questions

1. What about the crow in Scene 7 reminds the audience of Sister Aloysius?

2. What does Mrs. Muller say is the real reason Mr. Muller beat Donald?

3. Why does Father O'Rourke tell the gossipy woman to take a pillow to the roof in Father Flynn's sermon?

4. When Father Flynn comes to Sister Aloysius' office in the second part of Scene 8, why does she tell him he can't come in?

5. How is the sermon Father Flynn preaches in Scene 6 symbolic?

6. In the second part of Scene 8, what reason does Father Flynn suggest for Donald's odd behavior?

7. What does Father Flynn seem to be most worried about if Sister Aloysius makes her accusations against him public?

8. What does Father Flynn say Sister Aloysius is holding the school and parish back from?

9. What happened to Father Flynn after he left St. Nicholas?

10. In the second part of Scene 8, what does Father Flynn say is the real reason Sister Aloysius is after him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the doubts Sister Aloysius speaks of at the end of the play? Does she doubt Father Flynn's guilt? Is she doubting her position at the school? Does she doubt she's done the right thing by the students in having Father Flynn transferred?

Essay Topic 2

What do Father Flynn's long fingernails tells us about him? What do they represent? How does Sister Aloysius feel about his fingernails? Why are Father Flynn's long fingernails significant?

Essay Topic 3

Scene 6 is extremely short, yet it serves an important purpose in the play. What is the purpose of Scene 6? Why does this brief scene work so well to achieve the author's purpose?

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