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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The author's mother lived to within how many days of her ninety-second birthday?
(a) 1.
(b) 12.
(c) 11.
(d) 15.

2. Who refers to themselves as the "last rose of summer?"
(a) Mrs. Buechner.
(b) Yvonne.
(c) Dorothy Parker.
(d) Mrs. Frederick Buechner.

3. The author's mother's motto, translated from French is, "you have to ____ in order to be beautiful."
(a) Sacrifice.
(b) Suffer.
(c) Work.
(d) Practice.

4. What did the author's mother use when she "struck to kill?"
(a) Chair.
(b) Book.
(c) Cane.
(d) Tongue.

5. After his father's suicide, where did the author's mom move the family?
(a) Halifax.
(b) Cape Hatteras.
(c) Miami.
(d) Bermuda.

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

7. As the author's mother aged, she complained about her looks, saying her hair looked like what?
(a) Straw.
(b) Wool.
(c) Flax.
(d) Cotton.

8. Losing track of our "____," according to the author, means being impoverished humanly and spiritually.
(a) Memories.
(b) Stories.
(c) Feelings.
(d) Faith.

9. In the mid 1970's, how may teenage children did the author have?
(a) 1.
(b) 2.
(c) None.
(d) 3.

10. Three acts of God mentioned by the author that appear in scripture are the Exodus, the ___, and the entry into the Promised Land.
(a) Covenant.
(b) Confession.
(c) Crucifixion.
(d) Cross.

11. What is the title of the book written by Kahlil Gibran that is on the table next to the chaise lounge in the author's mother's room?
(a) Now and Then.
(b) The Prophet.
(c) Les Malheurs de Sophie.
(d) The Last Battle

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

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

14. To the author's mother, being beautiful was her ______.
(a) Flaw.
(b) Triumph.
(c) Business.
(d) Weakness.

15. 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) Vermont.
(b) Illinois.
(c) California.
(d) Bermuda.

Short Answer Questions

1. What condition made it almost impossible for the author's mom to walk during her last year of life?

2. In the room in which the author writes, how many pieces of stained glass sit in his windows?

3. The author's sick daughter was more afraid of what than death?

4. What was the name of the woman who came nights but according to the author's mother was late because of the subway?

5. In the Introduction, what is the title of the book the author cites as dealing with the interior of his life?

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