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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In the room in which the author writes, how many pieces of stained glass sit in his windows?
(a) 4.
(b) 3.
(c) 1.
(d) 2.

3. What is the title of the book the author wrote to tell the story of his father to a child?
(a) The Wizard's Tide.
(b) The Last Battle.
(c) Now and Then.
(d) Ansel Gibbs.

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?
(a) Memory.
(b) Faith.
(c) Strength.
(d) Love.

5. In the Introduction, the author tells us that this is his ___ venture into autobiography.
(a) First.
(b) Third.
(c) Second.
(d) Fifth.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author's mother lived to within how many days of her ninety-second birthday?

2. In "The Last Battle", who stoops and touches the dwarves with his tongue?

3. What does the author describe as the "living heart and command center" of his mother's room?

4. In the Introduction, how many books does the author mention that dealt with the headlines of his life?

5. What is the title of the first autobiography written by the author?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author write "The Wizard's Tide" and what differs in the book from his childhood memory of his father's death?

2. How does the author describe his father's suicide?

3. How did author's mom respond to his fictionalized version of his father's death and how did her reaction to this fist telling affect the author's writing about the death later?

4. According to the author, how does memory help us finish with the past?

5. Why is the author telling his secrets?

6. How did the daughter being sick affect the author?

7. How does the author describe God loving us, and loving his daughter?

8. How did the author's mother's aging affect her life?

9. How do ministers lose touch with God?

10. Why/how does the author identify with one of the stained glass images?

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