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. Of what does Mlle Louise warn the young priest?

2. What is the sacristan's reply to the priest?

3. What does Mlle Chantal tell M. le Comte in front of the priest?

4. What is the only beverage the priest drinks now?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the priest note about his illness in Chapter 6?

3. Explain how the situation with the medallion is the climax of the novel.

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

5. What definitive action has the priest finally taken regarding his health?

6. What happens after the priest regains consciousness?

7. How does the young priest suffer a crisis of confidence in himself and in his work?

8. What advice does the doctor give the priest?

9. Explain the tragic irony of the events following the priest's visit with Mme la Comtesse.

10. Describe the meeting between the priest and M. le Comte.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do a character sketch on the Cure de Torcy. What role does he play in the novel? What role does he play in the young priest's life?

Essay Topic 2

The young priest is a tragic figure, made more so when he experiences the feeling of being young when riding the motorbike so close to the time of his death. What lessons does the author want the reader to learn from the young priest's life and death?

Essay Topic 3

Of all the people who have attempted to damage the young priest's reputation, Seraphita is the only one who actually makes amends. Why is this young girl the only person who has a conscious regarding the right and wrong of what she has done? Is it because the priest had acknowledged her potential and she is finally living up to it? Or has she received some intervention of grace?

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