The Diary of a Country Priest Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Where does the doctor examine the priest?

2. What is the content of the letter Mme la Comtesse sends to the priest?

3. What happens to the priest one day as he is making his visits to parishioners?

4. What does the priest force Mme la Comtesse to acknowledge?

5. What does the priest ask the sacristan of the church later that day?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after the priest regains consciousness?

2. In what circumstances does the priest feel youthful for the first time in his life?

3. Describe the encounter between the priest and Mlle Chantal.

4. The book ends not with a diary entry but a letter. Explain the originator of the letter and its contents.

5. What is the priest's diary entry on the night before he leaves for Lille?

6. How does the priest attempt to break down the emotional barriers Mme la Comtesse has set up around herself?

7. In what ways does the canon attempt to help the young priest manage his life?

8. How does the priest handle the matter of Mlle Chantal with Mme la Comtesse?

9. Why does Mlle Louise come to see the priest and what does he advise her?

10. What secret and personal pain does Mme la Comtesse reveal to the priest?

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 young priest compares himself and his parish to a small boy leading cattle out of the cold, drizzly night into a barn. Explain the metaphor the young priest has written regarding his role in the parish.

Essay Topic 3

Another important theme in the book is poverty. The priest never has enough money to meet his needs and is even slightly humiliated for his lack by the townspeople. Explain the priest's internal struggle as he attempts to find his way in both the spiritual and physical worlds. What challenges does he have to overcome? How does he accomplish that?

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