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. What does Lyla feel Mel is experiencing?

2. What do Falwell and the other evangelists of his ilk continue to do?

3. To what group does White see some parallels to the religious right?

4. Who is R. J. Rushdoony?

5. What does White view as the price of standing for justice after protesting Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell" policy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mel say that the religious right increasingly claimed and what was one of those claims?

2. What did White plan to do while scuba diving in Hawaii? What changed his mind?

3. Where do Gary and Mel move? With what decision does Mel struggle?

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

5. How does White handle his relationship with David as far as Lyla is concerned?

6. How does Tom Montgomery maintain his spirituality despite being angry with the Religious Right?

7. What was Mel White determined to do after the end of his relationship with Tom?

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

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

10. Why does White decide to accept Piazza's offer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mel White considers himself a child of the Religious Right, raised in evangelical nondenominational churches by an incredibly devout family, always in the thick of the evangelical movement. Discuss the following:

1. Research the history of the religious right in the United States and write an informative essay of what you learned.

2. Write an argument/persuasive essay on the following question: Is being a religious fanatic better than having no beliefs?

3. How reliable do you think Mel White is as a narrator when it comes to his perception of the religious right? Discuss fully using examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Stranger at the Gate is a memoir by Mel White. Discuss the following:

1. Define the word "genre" in the context of literary criticism.

2. Why do you think literature is categorized by genre?

3. Does it help to know how a book is categorized as to its genre before reading it? Explain.

4. Memoir used to be considered inferior to what are considered "the classics." Why do you think this is so? Do you believe a book such as Stranger at the Gate is inferior to something such as A Tale of Two Cities? Explain.

5. What is your favorite genre and why?

Essay Topic 3

Stranger at the Gate ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are at least three reasons to read non-fiction? Discuss each one in light of Stranger at the Gate and if it fulfills some or all of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Stranger at the Gate is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

4. Would you have wished the ending to be different? Why or why not? Would that ending have changed what the author wished to convey with the book?

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