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. Although there is no love between him and the woman, how does the priest feel about Brigetta, his daughter?

2. What name do the people give to priests who smell of alcohol?

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

4. What does Mr. Trench regret when he sees a man selling mineral water?

5. What new information does the priest receive in the village?

Short Essay Questions

1. In chapter two, how does Greene establish a deep-seated religious faith on the part of common citizens?

2. After the priest gets his bottle of wine, what happens to it?

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

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

5. What happens when the priest accidentally bumps into a red shirt in the cantina?

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

7. Who does the priest turn to for help and is refused?

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

9. After the priest on his mule crosses the river, what happens that is cause for alarm?

10. The mother who reads religious stories to her children is important in the story. How does Greene use this family to punctuate the fact that the common people want the Church returned?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on the real conflict in THE POWER AND THE GLORY. Mention where that title phrase comes from (cf. the Lord's prayer) and how it transcends the struggle of the priest to stay alive. Explain in your paper how effectively Greene makes his point.

Essay Topic 2

Coral was an idealistic young girl with a sense of immortality. Write a paper using her as an example about how idealistic young people tend to rush into danger. How does Greene make her a sympathetic character in the mind of the reader?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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