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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. In "The Last Battle", who stoops and touches the dwarves with his tongue?

2. The author describes his sick daughter's behavior as a way of striking out to be what?

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

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?

5. In what language is the dedication written in "Godric?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the preaching at St. Barnabas impress the author?

2. How does the author connect his feelings to what he describes about the Tower in London?

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

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

5. How does the author say we are distracted from hearing God in the silence?

6. What is the Wheaton College motto and how did it permeate the school?

7. What techniques does the author use to help him say good-bye to his father?

8. How do ministers lose touch with God?

9. What does dreaming about his mother help the author accomplish?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Part Three of the book, the author talks about the groups that meet in the basement. He specifically details what each group does or does not do. Then he states that the church could learn a lot from such groups since the church, in his opinion, is more like a dysfunctional family, while the groups operate closer to what God intended for His church. Discuss this rationale. How are the groups like families at their best, and operating closer to what God meant for the Church? How does the church resemble a dysfunctional family? What would have to happen, according to the author, for the church to have only God and themselves left?

Essay Topic 2

The author's mother is quoted in Part One of the book as saying, "If I didn't have something to look for, I would be lost." Answer either A or B.

A. Why does she make this statement? Discuss the significance of the mother losing her beauty and trying to find it daily with her make-up and other enhancements, in relation to her state of mind, her health, and her relationship with her sons and her caregivers/friends.

B. Why does the author describe the statement as one of his mother's "most shimmering utterances?" How does this theme of "lost and found" play out throughout the details of the author's life described in the book - his family (mom and brother, wife and kids), friends, students?

Essay Topic 3

Explain what the author means when he writes that by watching and listening we are praying. How does God speak to us in quietness? What is "God's place" in us? What deadens us to God's presence within us? How does Psalm 131 illustrate these points from the author?

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