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. What does the canon warn the priest about regarding Mlle Chantal?

2. What does the priest note about himself at the beginning of Chapter 6?

3. With whom does the priest meet to arrange Mme la Comtesse's funeral?

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

5. What does the priest need before the doctor can provide a diagnosis?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the state of the priest's health in Chapter 7?

2. What happens after the priest regains consciousness?

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

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

5. In addition to Mlle Chantal's behavior, what else has impacted Mme la Comtesse's life?

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

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

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

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

10. What does the priest learn from the sacristan regarding the general perception people have of him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Another important theme in the book is injustice. Who are the characters who are most affected by injustice in life? How do these characters manage their lives? Do any of the characters rise above their situations or do they stay mired in the inequities of life?

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

One of the important themes in the book is that of the spiritual journey. Explain the different points where the young priest and the older Cure de Torcy are on their individual spiritual journeys.

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