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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. In regards to beauty, the author's mother said you have a better chance of finding a lost cane again, than finding what?
(a) Wrinkle free and smooth skin.
(b) Clear eyes and blemish free skin.
(c) Kissable lips and golden hair.
(d) Blue eyes and golden hair.

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

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

4. In telling his father's story as a child, who does Teddy represent in this story?
(a) The author's brother.
(b) The author's father.
(c) The author.
(d) The author's best friend.

5. The author's mother's motto, translated from French is, "you have to ____ in order to be beautiful."
(a) Suffer.
(b) Work.
(c) Sacrifice.
(d) Practice.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author likens his mother, in her later years, to a millionaire who what?

2. Three acts of God mentioned by the author that appear in scripture are the Exodus, the ___, and the entry into the Promised Land.

3. What condition made it almost impossible for the author's mom to walk during her last year of life?

4. In "Godric" what is the name of the father of the title character?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why is the author telling his secrets?

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

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

10. 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?

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