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. According to Father Flynn in Scene 7, to what do the most innocent actions seem sinister?

2. In Scene 7, what does Father Flynn compare Sister Aloysius to?

3. What does Sister James tell Sister Aloysius she can't believe in Scene 9?

4. What kind of bird is making noise in Scene 7?

5. What reason does Sister James give Father Flynn for her trouble sleeping?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What reason does Father Flynn give Sister James for his not wanting to defend himself against Sister Aloysius' accusations?

3. In Scene 7, what indications does Sister James give that she takes Father Flynn's sermons very seriously?

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. What is strange about Father O'Rourke's reaction to the gossipy woman's confession in Father Flynn's sermon?

7. In Scene 9, why is Sister Aloysius glad that Sister James went to see her family?

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

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

10. In Father Flynn's sermon, what point is Father O'Rourke trying to make about gossip when he instructs the gossipy woman to pick up every last feather?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Is Father Flynn innocent or guilty? Write an essay stating your opinion and using evidence from the play to support your thoughts.

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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