The Power and the Glory

by Graham Greene

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Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 99

1. In what ways does the lieutenant believe the Church has failed the people? What evidence does the novel produce to support his view?

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2. Why does the revolutionary government want to outlaw the Church?

3. In what ways does the whisky priest exhibit cowardly behavior? In what ways is he brave?

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4. Is it possible that the whisky priest is both a "good man" and a "bad priest"? Explain this conflict.

5. What characteristics does the lieutenant exhibit that make him out to be a "good man"?

6. Why is it necessary to the conclusion of the story for the priest to be executed?

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