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

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

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

4. What was the name of the woman who came nights but according to the author's mother was late because of the subway?
(a) Mary.
(b) Margie.
(c) Yvonne.
(d) Evelyn.

5. 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) The Last Battle
(b) Les Malheurs de Sophie.
(c) The Prophet.
(d) Now and Then.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who refers to themselves as the "last rose of summer?"

2. What was the title of the lost book the author's mother hunted for in her room?

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. What title did the author write when he was in his fifties and his mom was in her eighties?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is the author telling his secrets?

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

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

7. What is the most sacred function of memory?

8. How do ministers lose touch with God?

9. How did the author's mother's aging affect her sons' lives?

10. Why did the author feel like a dwarf as depicted in C. S. Lewis' "The Last Battle?"

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