Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America Test | Final Test - Hard

Mel White
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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. Why does White consider a change in jobs and locations?

2. What does Rushdoony argue the book of Leviticus authorizes?

3. What does Mel say David never misses?

4. What did Mel do immediately upon meeting Tom Montgomery?

5. How does Mel assist right-wing Christian leaders such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does White take his family in the summer of 1979, and how does he feel about the time spent there with Lyla?

2. What group does Jerry Falwell form, and who influenced his founding of it?

3. What happens one night when White becomes too stressed about his life? What does he do after that?

4. What do Lyla and Mel finally do? How do the children respond?

5. Who was Michael Piazza, and what did he offer White?

6. Describe White's first meeting with Gary Nixon.

7. What happens to end White's relationship with Tom Montgomery?

8. Who is R. J. Rushdoony? What is his view about homosexuality and White's thoughts about that?

9. Describe White's experience with Tom Montgomery.

10. What does the religious right try to push through in Oregon, and what does White do about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Does non-fiction have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Stranger at the Gate, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot because of Stranger at the Gate being non-fiction? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Stranger at the Gate. (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Explain. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

4. Do you think having a plot in non-fiction is important? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Often titles reveal much about one or more aspects of a novel. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think is the purpose of a title? How closely related to a major theme(s) of a book do you think a title should be? Or should it be?

2. The phrase Stranger at the Gate appears in the Christian Bible in the story about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Research the story and write why you think White named his book after that story.

3. If you were the writer of Stranger at the Gate and your editor said the title must be changed, what would you choose? Why?

4. How do you feel when you have finished reading a book and you still do not understand the meaning of the title in relation to the book?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Stranger at the Gate. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of sexual orientation versus sexual preference. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters believe that sexual behavior is predicated upon preference? Why? Which characters believe that sexual behavior is predicated upon a genetic orientation? Why? Which view is the one you hold? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of forgiveness. What is Mel's view of forgiveness? Falwell's? Tom Montgomery? Lyla's? Which characters believe forgiveness is necessary? Which ones seem to refuse to forgive? What is forgiveness? Are Christians the only ones concerned with the idea of forgiveness?

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