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. What brings out a feeling of compassion in the priest for the mestizo?

2. Who is the last priest on the run from the police?

3. What question from the mestizo alarms the priest?

4. What does the lieutenant tell Captain Fellows he is doing?

5. What does the priest hope to find in Carmen?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the general situation as the novel opens.

2. Explain how Greene establishes the character of Father José.

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

4. What is the conversation like inside Mr. Trench's house?

5. Why has the priest come to the capital city where he sees the mestizo talking with the police?

6. 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?

7. What is the pathetic scene that occurs just as he leaves the village.

8. Describe the condition of Father José at that time.

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

10. As the lieutenant walks through the town, what indicates that he is the main antagonist in the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on the value of human life as contrasted by the priest's concern for people and the indiscriminate murder of hostages by the lieutenant. Compare the lieutenant's attitude about the value of lives who disagreed with him to the world situation today where genocide is daily in the headlines.

Essay Topic 2

There are several layers to the character of the lieutenant. Much of his inner motivation is left up to the imagination of the reader. One thing is made clear, his resentment goes back to his childhood. Write a paper in which you surmise what it was that happened to him as a child to make him so resentful of the Church as an adult.

Essay Topic 3

The boy is the blank page on which character is to be written. Write a paper on how youthful idolization of a man is in conflict with the values received at home. Make specific reference to the boy's early beliefs and his position on the church at the end of the novel. See if you can include a personal instance where one of your earlier opinions has changed. Perhaps you can cite an instance of a sports hero who misbehaved and disappointed young fans.

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