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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 likens his mother, in her later years, to a millionaire who what?
(a) Hoardes money.
(b) Has to get a job.
(c) Runs out of money.
(d) Wants to help everyone.

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

3. 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) Now and Then.
(c) The Prophet.
(d) Les Malheurs de Sophie.

4. On what street was the apartment in which the author's mother died?
(a) 42nd.
(b) 82nd.
(c) 69th.
(d) 79th.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What renders distinctions between past, present and future meaningless, according to the author?

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 was the name of the woman the author's mother had trouble understanding because of her thick accent?

5. When the dwarves are offered wine, what do they think it is?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do ministers lose touch with God?

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. What was on the stained glass pieces in the author's office?

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

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

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

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

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