Essay Topic 1
Describe Father Flynn's demise as depicted in "The Sisters." In what ways was his death related to his faith? Be sure to discuss the incident with the chalice and the later incident of his laughing in the confessional booth.
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast Father Flynn's faith in "The Sisters" with that of Father Purdon in "Grace." Given Father Purdon's sermon regarding keeping account books with God, how would he have responded if he had committed Father Flynn's fateful sin of dropping the chalice?
Essay Topic 3
Describe the interaction between the two boys and the old man in "An Encounter." What does the old man talk about? How does the narrator feel about him at first, and how does he feel about him at the end? How does the boys' reaction to the old man contrast with the encounters with villains that the...
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