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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. The author said that he told his father's story both as the child "I was in 1936 and still am in ___."
(a) 1960.
(b) 1985.
(c) 1990.
(d) 1975.

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

3. Who wrote "The Last Battle?"
(a) Noel Coward.
(b) E.M. Forster.
(c) C.S. Lewis.
(d) Frederick Buechner.

4. In complaining about her looks, what did the author's mother say "don't fit?"
(a) Teeth.
(b) Clothes.
(c) Wig.
(d) Glasses.

5. What does the author describe as the "living heart and command center" of his mother's room?
(a) Bureau.
(b) Dressing Table.
(c) Chaise Lounge.
(d) Bed.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. Where were the ashes of the author's father buried?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the author say he would deal with in this autobiography "Telling Secrets?"

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

3. What is the most sacred function of memory?

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

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

6. Why did the author's mother have so few friends as she got older?

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

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

9. How do ministers lose touch with God?

10. Describe the author's mother's bedroom in her 79th street apartment.

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