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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 topic seems to make the faces of the parishioners cloud over?

2. What does the young priest describe as the novel begins?

3. Who is Dr. Delbende?

4. According to the Cure de Torcy, Jesus is not as happy with _____________ as He is with priests.

5. What does the housekeeper demand right away?

Short Essay Questions

1. What advice does the young priest receive from M. le Comte from the Chateau?

2. Describe the scenario when Mlle Chantal approaches the priest after mass one morning.

3. How does the priest feel about the decision to hire a housekeeper?

4. How does the priest first address being ill in his diary?

5. How does the priest behave after he receives the letter requesting his resignation?

6. What information does Mlle Louise share with the priest and how does he feel about knowing it?

7. Who is the Curé de Torcy and how does he advise the young priest?

8. How does the young priest try to find a purpose for himself at the parish?

9. How does the young priest behave after he learns from the Cure de Torcy how the parishioners feel about him?

10. What are the young priest's feelings about the sacrament of confession?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The young priest comes to the conclusion that he has not suffered any real injustice in his life. How can he say this when most people would consider his life to be nothing but a series of injustices? How is he able to see only the good about his life? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

The scene where the young priest faints twice and vomits blood can be interpreted to be a metaphor for the suffering of Christ prior to his crucifixion. Explain how the priest's suffering mirrors that of Christ's. What other parallels can be drawn between the two?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the parish the way the young priest finds it when he arrives. What does it look like? Who are the people? What are the people like?

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