The Cross and the Switchblade Test | Final Test - Hard

David Wilkerson
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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 kind of thought did Dave say they used to purchase the building?

2. What is most likely what Dave would say about faith?

3. What is the reason some who slip back into addiction leave the addiction again?

4. What was the ornamentation on the fireplace?

5. What term does the author explain in Chapter 21?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was one of the problems that happened occasionally at the center about meals? How was the problem often handled?

2. What does Dave describe as his first step in training the young people that would work with him? Do you think Dave had enough experience to be teaching them?

3. What did Linda Meisner do at the Center? How did she handle the dangers of her job?

4. Give a brief synopsis on how the author sees the manner in which drug addiction comes about. Do you think this seems reasonable?

5. What was the process Dave had to go through in order to have the Teen Challenge Center ready for Business?

6. What does the author say about how Nicky's speech is received and what happens after it?

7. What were the first stages of his New York ministry, called and what did he do primarily in it?

8. What does the author describe at the beginning of Chapter 14? When you read his description did it sound like a good idea to you?

9. What methods does Dave say the board used to purchase the building? What do you think he means by "hard-nosed" business sense?

10. To what does Nicky agree and describe what he talks about.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter 7, Wilkerson doubts the sincerity of the religious conversion of two of a gang's members. Discuss one of the following:

1. Why do you think Wilkerson doubts these conversions? Is he vindicated in his doubts? Or do they turn out to be sincere? How can one know if a conversion is sincere?

2. There is a concept in our culture called "jailhouse conversions;" in other words, men/women who are incarcerated or face incarceration finding religion and suddenly changing. There have been numerous high-profile examples of this situation. Research and discuss one of them. (Two to consider: Look up Karla Faye Tucker in Texas or Colson of the Watergate group.)

3. What is the process of conversion to Christianity? To some other religion or cause? Why do you think people "convert"? Discuss thoroughly.

Essay Topic 2

Grandpap recalls seeing a snake shed its skin, a moment he describes as an image of evil transforming into something beautiful. Discuss the following:

1. Do you believe that anyone who is evil can change?

2. How do people who are "bad" become "good"?

3. Is religion the most likely way one can change from being "evil" to "good"?

4. Do you know anyone who has changed drastically from evil to good? How did the person do it?

Essay Topic 3

In memoir and autobiography, the author is recalling events pertinent to his/her own life. Discuss the following:

1. How accurate do you think memories are when an author is writing in the "present day" about events that may have occurred years earlier?

2. Do you think different people would have varying versions of the same event? Why or why not?

3. Autobiography is considered non-fiction because it is presumably "true." How much of autobiography is absolutely true if it is written from memory?

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