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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. How old was the author when his father committed suicide?

2. After his father's suicide, where did the author's mom move the family?

3. When the author's sick daughter had to be hospitalized, how many miles away was she?

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

5. In what month during1936 did the author's father commit suicide?

Short Essay Questions

1. What illness did the author's daughter have and how did it affect her?

2. What did the author say he would deal with in this autobiography "Telling Secrets?"

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

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

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

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

7. How do ministers lose touch with God?

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

9. Why is the author telling his secrets?

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

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

Why does the author attend St. Barnabas Episcopal Church? How is this place more at home for him than another Church? Why does the author enjoy the chanting so much? Who is Robert MacFarlane, and how does he impact the author's connection with this church?

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.

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