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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the name of the woman the author's mother had trouble understanding because of her thick accent?
(a) Evelyn.
(b) Yvonne.
(c) Margorie.
(d) Margie.

2. What is the title of the first autobiography written by the author?
(a) The Last Battle.
(b) Now and Then.
(c) The Sacred Journey.
(d) Telling Secrets.

3. The author describes his sick daughter's behavior as a way of striking out to be what?
(a) In control.
(b) Free.
(c) Heard.
(d) Healed.

4. What was the title of the lost book the author's mother hunted for in her room?
(a) The Last Battle.
(b) Les Malheurs de Sophie.
(c) Now and Then.
(d) Ansel Gibbs.

5. How old was the author when his mother made him feel like a traitor for writing the fictionalized "Ansel Gibbs" about his father's death?
(a) 40.
(b) 52.
(c) 32.
(d) 35.

6. What place did the author see as an act of God in his life that he paralleled to the entry into the Promised Land?
(a) Bermuda.
(b) Illinois.
(c) Vermont.
(d) California.

7. According to the author, what does God give us that helps us finish with the past and remove the power of the past to hurt us?
(a) Strength.
(b) Love.
(c) Memory.
(d) Faith.

8. How old was the author when his father committed suicide?
(a) 13.
(b) 10.
(c) 9.
(d) 12.

9. In the Introduction, what is the title of the book the author cites as dealing with the interior of his life?
(a) Now and Then.
(b) Telling Secrets.
(c) The Sacred Journey.
(d) Godric.

10. What title did the author write when he was in his fifties and his mom was in her eighties?
(a) Now and Then.
(b) Telling Secrets.
(c) The Sacred Journey.
(d) The Return of Ansel Gibbs.

11. What was the make of the family car used for the 1936 suicide?
(a) Hudson.
(b) Chevrolet.
(c) Chrysler.
(d) Ford.

12. What fell behind the radiator and required that the building superintendent come to retrieve it?
(a) The fan.
(b) The cane.
(c) The purse.
(d) The pillow.

13. When the dwarves are offered wine, what do they think it is?
(a) Blood.
(b) Poison.
(c) Tea with arsenic.
(d) Ditch water.

14. Where were the ashes of the author's father buried?
(a) Brooklyn.
(b) Essex.
(c) Hackensack.
(d) Union City.

15. The author's sick daughter was more afraid of what than death?
(a) Coming home.
(b) Gaining weight.
(c) Being hospitalized.
(d) Being rejected.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was in the bowl on top of the bureau in the room of the author's mother?

2. The author's mother's motto, translated from French is, "you have to ____ in order to be beautiful."

3. In the mid 1970's, how may teenage children did the author have?

4. What is the title of the book the author wrote to tell the story of his father to a child?

5. "For the last ____ years" of her life, the author's mother saw almost no one except immediate family.

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