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. The author said that he told his father's story both as the child "I was in 1936 and still am in ___."

2. According to the author, what is the doorway to healing and forgiveness?

3. As the author's mother aged, she complained about her looks, saying her hair looked like what?

4. What title did the author write when he was in his fifties and his mom was in her eighties?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why/how does the author identify with one of the stained glass images?

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

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

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

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

8. How do ministers lose touch with God?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author talks about being as deaf about his family and himself as his mother was, even with a purse full of half or not working hearing aids. The author uses two pieces of stained glass in his office to help readers understand this time in his life. Explain how the author felt he was "deaf" about his life and how he used the stained glass pieces to convey these experiences, thoughts and feelings to readers.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In Part One of the book, the author spends a few pages talking about memory. How does memory relate to the past? To healing? Why does the author make these distinctions about the past, about memory, about healing? How does memory function in relation to the past, the present and the future? How or can the past, present, and future be altered by memory? How did the author incorporate these factors into "The Wizard's Tide?"

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