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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 describing what he learned after his father's death, what does the author consider a means of grace?
(a) Faith.
(b) Change.
(c) Patience.
(d) Tragedy.

2. When the dwarves are offered wine, what do they think it is?
(a) Ditch water.
(b) Tea with arsenic.
(c) Poison.
(d) Blood.

3. Losing track of our "____," according to the author, means being impoverished humanly and spiritually.
(a) Feelings.
(b) Stories.
(c) Memories.
(d) Faith.

4. 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?
(a) 35.
(b) 52.
(c) 32.
(d) 40.

5. When the dwarves are offered food, what do they think it is?
(a) Spoiled.
(b) Poisoned.
(c) Offal.
(d) Good.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What was the name of the woman who came nights but according to the author's mother was late because of the subway?

4. In complaining about her looks, what did the author's mother say "don't fit?"

5. "For the last ____ years" of her life, the author's mother saw almost no one except immediate family.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the most sacred function of memory?

3. Why is the author telling his secrets?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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