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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. The author's sick daughter was more afraid of what than death?
2. In the Introduction, the author tells us that this is his ___ venture into autobiography.
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. What renders distinctions between past, present and future meaningless, according to the author?
5. In regards to beauty, the author's mother said you have a better chance of finding a lost cane again, than finding what?
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. Why/how does the author identify with one of the stained glass images?
4. 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?
5. How did the author's mother's aging affect her life?
6. How is the author's story, our story?
7. What was on the stained glass pieces in the author's office?
8. How did the author's mother's aging affect her sons' lives?
9. Why is the author telling his secrets?
10. What illness did the author's daughter have and how did it affect her?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author introduces us to the Tower of London, specifically the the oldest part, the White Tower. What is the White Tower? Why does the author include this information in the book? How does the author connect the details he provided about the White Tower to himself, to his life?
Essay Topic 2
The author wrote "Brendan" in 1987. How does the author describe Brendan the Navigator? Why does the author say he found another saint in reference to Brendan the Navigator? How does the author use this character and another to convey his belief that we are all crippled? Through Brendan what does the author offer as a solution to help those that are crippled?
Essay Topic 3
The author, in Part One, talks about loving self like you love a neighbor, also expounding on the love of God. Discuss how this information ties in with the authors warning about bleeding hearts; how he came to feel again the hush of God; and how he realized as his daughter healed, he needed healing himself because he had been "huddled" in a dark stable of his own making.
This section contains 893 words
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