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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 the young priest feel about his parish?

2. Who sends the young priest two hundred francs?

3. When the priests' conversation turns to ________________, the young priest feels lost.

4. Who is M. Pamyre?

5. What does the young priest teach the children of the parish?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Seraphita Dumouchel?

2. Explain the embarrassing situation the priest has with a local grocer.

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

4. How does the theme of pride emerge and how does the young priest perceive it?

5. Dr. Delbende, the young priest's physician, dies from a gunshot wound which supposedly occurred while cleaning the gun. What is the unofficial story of the doctor's death?

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

7. In addition to the injustice seen in Dr. Delbende's life, how else does the author show the theme of injustice in this chapter?

8. Explain the circumstances of the suspicion encircling the boy, Sulpice Mitonnet.

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

10. Explain how the Dean of Blangermont lectures to the young priest about balancing religion and business.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of pride and arrogance in the young priest's life? Does he feel he is elevated in the eyes of the parishioners? In his own eyes? Why does he look down upon Louis Duprety who leaves the priesthood?

Essay Topic 2

The young doctor considers suicide as a resolution for his health problems. Do you think he will go through with it? Why is that not an option for the priest? Is it because of fear of eternal damnation? Or the grace earned through suffering? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The climax of the novel is the priest's confrontation with Mme la Comtesse. Explain the nature of a literary climax and why this incident is the climax of this book. Now, write an alternate way this confrontation could have gone. Use creativity!

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