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

2. 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.

3. In the Introduction, who does the author quote regarding the definition for "story" versus "plot?"
(a) E.M. Forster.
(b) R. Kipling
(c) C.S. Lewis.
(d) Himself.

4. Who tends to more publicly lose touch with themselves and with God, according to the author?
(a) Kids.
(b) Authors.
(c) Parents.
(d) Ministers.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As the author's mother aged, she complained about her looks, saying her hair looked like what?

2. 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?

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

4. What was the make of the family car used for the 1936 suicide?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How do ministers lose touch with God?

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

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

4. How is the author's story, our story?

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. What did the author deal with in first two autobiographies?

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

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