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1. Greene establishes loose parallels between his characters and some from the Bible. Explain how the whisky priest plays the role of Christ; the mestizo Judas, the lieutenant, Caesar; and Father Jose, the Apostle Peter. How does the story of the Good Samaritan serve as a foil? Are there other biblical allusions?

2. The title is taken from the Lord's Prayer. Analyze the importance of prayer (and the absence of it) in the novel. What does the title mean?

3. A principal theme is the power of corruption and the potential for redemption. Explain how the novel develops this theme.

4. Research and report the history of the repression of the Catholic Church in Mexico or in other countries.

5. How does Greene develop his objections to a totalitarian government? What does he suggest that the Church's role should be under such conditions?

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