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. Where did the Haitian president and his wife flee to during their exile?

2. Who is the leader of MSIA?

3. What did the fifteen year old boy dying of a kidney complaint in the Home for the Dying need to save him?

4. In how many countries, "without counting India," did Mother Teresa operate convents?

5. How many convents did Mother Teresa boast of operating?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the vow the Missionaries of Charity take as it is quoted from Mother Teresa in "Good Works & Heroic Virtues," Chapter 3.

2. Explain what the author believes the poorest of the poor are to Mother Teresa.

3. What is upsetting about Mother Teresa's visit with Michele Duvalier?

4. What are causes of Calcutta's overpopulation?

5. What changes did Albania experience in "Ubiquity," Chapter 1?

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

7. Describe Malcolm Muggeridge's role in Mother Teresa's fame.

8. How did Mother Teresa's appearance in Bhopal after the Bhopal chemical spill appear political?

9. What do Mother Teresa's appearances described in "Ubiquity," Chapter 2 have in common?

10. Why does the author write that the name of Mother Teresa's facility, "The Gift of Love," is tactfully named?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the impact Roman Catholicism had on Mother Teresa's life. Decide how many of her qualities can be attributed to her Catholicism. Consider the following questions:

a) How much of Mother Teresa is unique?

b) How much of Mother Teresa is molded from the church?

c) Does she appear to have a sense of self?

d) If the Church were to create the perfect nun, how different would it be from Mother Teresa?

e) Did Mother Teresa's devotion to the church create or destroy her?

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

Describe Mother Teresa's stance on procreation. Determine whether or not the impact of her stance is diminished by her status as an elderly virgin, whether or not her solution to abortion is a solution, and whether her stance is harmful or helpful. Consider Mother Teresa's reasons to reconsider her stance, and why she did not.

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