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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Who made no new friends while living in New York for almost twenty years?
(a) Mrs. Frederick Buechner.
(b) Mrs. Buechner.
(c) The author.
(d) The author's father.

4. "For the last ____ years" of her life, the author's mother saw almost no one except immediate family.
(a) 15.
(b) 10.
(c) 12.
(d) 5.

5. What condition made it almost impossible for the author's mom to walk during her last year of life?
(a) Severely bowed-legs.
(b) Fractured foot.
(c) Arthritic knees.
(d) Amputation.

6. According to the author, what is the doorway to healing and forgiveness?
(a) Love.
(b) Communciation.
(c) Faith.
(d) Memory.

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

8. How many years after his father's suicide did the author write "The Return of Ansel Gibbs?"
(a) 15.
(b) 35.
(c) 12.
(d) 22.

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

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

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

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

13. What renders distinctions between past, present and future meaningless, according to the author?
(a) Memory.
(b) Healing.
(c) Death.
(d) Love.

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

15. 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) 35.
(b) 32.
(c) 52.
(d) 40.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the author's sick daughter had to be hospitalized, how many miles away was she?

2. How many failed marriages did the author's mother have after his father died?

3. What place did the author see as an act of God in his life that he paralleled to the entry into the Promised Land?

4. 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?

5. In Part One of the book, what was not a tradition in the Buechner family in relation to death?

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