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. Why does Sister Aloysius say Donald Miller will lie to protect Father Flynn?

2. At the beginning of Scene 8, what is Sister Aloysius doing when Mrs. Muller arrives?

3. Where does Scene 9 take place?

4. How does Mrs. Muller say Donald was punished for being taken off the altar boys?

5. What is Mrs. Muller's initial reaction to Sister Aloysius' when she is told Father Flynn may have made advances toward her son?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Scene 9, what does Sister James tell Sister Aloysius she thinks of Father Flynn?

3. In Father Flynn's sermon, what does Father O'Rourke tell the gossipy woman she should be particularly ashamed of?

4. What does Father Flynn say is wrong about Sister Aloysius contacting his prior parish?

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

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

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

8. What causes the woman in Father Flynn's sermon to feel guilty about gossiping?

9. In Scene 7, what does Sister James say Sister Aloysius has done to take away her joy in teaching?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of instances of compassion in this play. Compassion is displayed by characters we don't expect compassion from, and for characters we aren't certain deserve compassion. Write an essay discussing the ways in which compassion is used in this play. Who shows compassion and towards whom? Is the compassion warranted? From whom do we see unexpected compassion?

Essay Topic 3

There are so many ways in which doubt is raised throughout the course of the play. In Scene 5, we see a confrontation between Father Flynn and Sister Aloysius, and by the end the audience is left wondering if the battle is more personal than professional. What is your opinion on the confrontation? Is Sister Aloysius simply out to get Father Flynn because of personal differences, or is she truly concerned about his professional role with the students and their well-being? Provide examples to support your opinion.

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