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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 group does Falwell form partly through the influence of Francis Schaeffer?
2. What would the measure being considered in Oregon do?
3. What does White say in his letter to Jerry Falwell on December 24, 1991?
4. What stories does White relate about gays who have tried to be "cured" of homosexuality.
5. Who is R. J. Rushdoony?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who does White help in the 1970s among the rising Christian political movement?
2. What do Lyla and Mel finally do? How do the children respond?
3. How does White find peace in his new church in Dallas?
4. Why does White write a letter to Falwell? What is Falwell's response?
5. Who is R. J. Rushdoony? What is his view about homosexuality and White's thoughts about that?
6. What does Wright find confusing at first when he is at the new cathedral in Dallas?
7. How does White handle his relationship with David as far as Lyla is concerned?
8. What does Mel say that the religious right increasingly claimed and what was one of those claims?
9. What worries White about the religious right's rhetoric about homosexuality?
10. What does White say about working with Falwell on the book, If I Should Die Before I Wake?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Homosexuality is one of the predominant themes of Stranger at the Gate. Discuss the following:
1. Research the history of homosexuality in the United States and write an informative essay about what you find. Relate the information to what you read in Stranger at the Gate.
2. Engaging in homosexual acts used to be a crime in the United States. It was only in 2003 that laws against homosexual acts were declared invalid. Do you think homosexual acts should be legislated? Upon what basis?
3. Many other countries still have laws against homosexuality--some of them outlaw only male-male sex; others any homosexual sex. Research one country that still outlaws homosexual sex and compare/contrast their culture in regards to religion and sex to that of the United States.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the following:
1. Compare/contrast Mel White at the beginning of the novel to him at the end of the novel. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they both sympathetic characters? Which "Mel White" would you most likely have as a friend? Why?
2. Compare/contrast Lyla at the beginning of the novel to Lyla at the end of the novel. . How are they alike? How are they different? Are they sympathetic characters? Who would you most likely have as a friend? Why?
3. Compare/contrast Mel White to Jerry Falwell. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they sympathetic characters? Who would you most likely have as a friend? Why? Is each one compassionate? Honorable? Why or why not.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss one of the following:
1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Mel White is a homosexual and works to promote the agendas of men such as Falwell who were rabidly anti-gay. Discuss two other incidences of irony in Stranger at the Gate.
2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in Stranger at the Gate. Symbols are inherent in any work of literature, whether fiction or non-fiction, though in non-fiction, the use of symbols is not always intentional.
3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in non-fiction. What is the purpose of foreshadowing in non-fiction? Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how it is indicates events to come in Stranger at the Gate. Can you as the reader see how what Mel White writes about his early life foreshadows what will happen in his later life?
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