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 Sister Aloysius tell Father Flynn caused her to be watchful of him from the first day of school?

2. To what position is Father Flynn assigned after leaving St. Nicholas?

3. What is Sister James doing when Scene 7 begins?

4. What does Mrs. Muller tell Sister Aloysius the world is?

5. What does Sister Aloysius say Father Flynn is a disgrace to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Scene 9, what reason does Sister James give Sister Aloysius for being unable to sleep?

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

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

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

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

8. Why is does Mrs. Muller say that regardless of what Donald's trouble is at the school, he only needs to make it through until June?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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