Telling Secrets Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. To the author's mother, being beautiful was her ______.

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

3. In describing what he learned after his father's death, what does the author consider a means of grace?

4. What fell behind the radiator and required that the building superintendent come to retrieve it?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the author telling his secrets?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author writes his own book introduction. What does the introduction reveal about the author? What purpose for the book is explained, and why is he writing another autobiography when he has already penned two such publications? What picture does the author create for the reader about expectations for this book, as well as his state of mind about the book's content?

Essay Topic 2

The author taught on the east coast and in the mid-west. Explain his thoughts about each experience, using details from the book. Also, identify the major differences that existed between the two in regards to religious discussions, and the students he taught; and how these differences contributed to the author's experiences.

Essay Topic 3

After the author's mother-in-law dies, he and his wife spend time in Florida, where he begins seeing another therapist. How does this therapy help him forgive and understand his father? His mother? What did the author dream about that helped this process? What did the author realize he had passed on to his kids after going through this process?

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