The Power and the Glory Test | Final 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 surprises the lieutenant as they talk inside the hut?

2. Where is the priest planning to go after he leaves the village?

3. What does the priest hear from outside the hut where he is with the dying Yankee?

4. What makes the priest cry as he speaks his confession?

5. What does the priest admit in the prison?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Indian woman follow the priest as he leaves the next day?

2. Even after the Yankee refuses to make a confession, what does the priest do?

3. Describe how the meeting between the lieutenant and the priest shows a different side of both men.

4. Why does the priest return to the banana plantation and what does he find when he arrives?

5. How does the priest make money for his trip to the border?

6. What transpires inside the hut where the Yankee is dying?

7. Describe the conditions in the jail.

8. Describe how the priest decides to stay and return to the Indian village.

9. Going on, what refuge does the priest eventually find?

10. How does the mestizo give himself away to the priest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the elements in THE POWER AND THE GLORY that are representative of the age old struggle between Christianity and Communism. Discuss how, with all its flaws, Christianity succeeds at being helpful to the poor where Communism inevitably fails. Use the argument the priest makes to the lieutenant about the inherent weakness of his communistic ideals.

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

Greene does not give names to the main characters in the novel, but he does name minor characters. How does that literary technique prevent the novel from being a simple tale of survival and give it a much larger message? To write this paper, you will need to cite instances where people are named and why that makes the story more real. You will also need to explain how not giving names to the central characters helps to make them symbolic of a much larger conflict.

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