The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice Test | Mid-Book 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 sign over Mother Teresa's morgue say?

2. What was the nun's name that gave the author a guided tour of Mother Teresa's Calcutta mission?

3. What question are sisters from the Missionaries of Charity supposed to ask a dying individual before secretly baptizing them?

4. Who was instrumental in bringing Mother Teresa's image to international attention?

5. What did the leaders of Haiti give to Mother Teresa?

Short Essay Questions

1. What result does the author point out, will come of China's family restrictions?

2. What persuaded Mother Teresa to become a nun at 18 years old?

3. Describe the affectation, well known to missionary fund-raisers, that the author accuses Mother Teresa of using, in "Good Works & Heroic Virtues," Chapter 3.

4. What is odd about the photograph of Mother Teresa with John-Roger?

5. Upon returning to Albania in 1990, what did Mother Teresa do?

6. Describe Hillary Rodham Clinton's visit to Mother Teresa's institution in New Dehli.

7. Describe the Church's policies on procreation in light of an overpopulated world.

8. What was Christopher Hitchens' impression of Mother Teresa when he met her in person?

9. What obscures the amount of money Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity possess?

10. What is the author's opinion of a Mother Teresa quote that appeared in Ann Lander's column?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe what Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity reveal about her in theory and practice. Consider the roles Mother Teresa fills in her organization, how her opinions are apparent in the organization, and how she is perceived by her missionaries.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze Mother Teresa's claim of being apolitical. Describe the political aspects of Mother Teresa's life, and her involvement in them. Explain what motivations Mother Teresa might have had for getting, or not getting involved in politics. Determine how much of her life's work was political.

Essay Topic 3

Separate the severity of Mother Teresa's shortcomings from the severity of the author's bias. Use specific examples to determine if the book is based mostly in fact or bias.

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