The Power and the Glory Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How does Captain Fellows refuse the priest's request for brandy?

2. How does the Chief of Police react when he sees the alcohol?

3. What does Mr. Trench notice about the environment in the town?

4. What is going through the stranger's head as he walks with the boy?

5. When Captain Fellows goes to the barn to find the priest, what does he say?

Short Essay Questions

1. What information does the Police chief have to impart to the lieutenant?

2. How does Greene show more of the priest's humility and contrition?

3. Back at the banana plantation, how does Greene emphasize the character of Coral Fellows?

4. Describe the general situation as the novel opens.

5. Just as the mass is concluding, what occurs in the village?

6. What does Greene reveal about the priest in his thoughts on his way home?

7. All that is left of the church is a priest who renounced his religion and the stranger, a whiskey priest. How does the woman's husband sum up their reality?

8. What transpires in the police station the morning the stranger arrives in the town?

9. In the village of the old man in a hammock, describe the request that is made of the priest.

10. What feeling does Greene evoke with the introduction of the mestizo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A main theme of the novel is the inner struggle of the priest. Write a paper explaining how Greene uses the priest's weaknesses to demonstrate his real strengths. In your paper, discuss the importance of self forgiveness considering that all people make mistakes in their lives.

Essay Topic 2

Governmental prohibition of anything never works. In the novel, the government is trying to prohibit religion to the point of completely stamping it out. In a parallel example, hard liquor and wine are prohibited as well. Write a paper on how Greene uses this to subtly suggest the prohibition of religion will fail as well.

Essay Topic 3

Critique the novel. Imagining yourself as a book reviewer, write a critique of THE POWER AND THE GLORY discussing Graham Greene's style, vocabulary, symbolism, and ability to maintain the interest of the reader. Rate it from one to five stars where five stars is excellent. Explain why you would or would not recommend it to someone else to read.

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