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's mother's motto, translated from French is, "you have to ____ in order to be beautiful."

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

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

4. In the Introduction, who does the author quote regarding the definition for "story" versus "plot?"

5. What was the name of the woman the author's mother had trouble understanding because of her thick accent?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do ministers lose touch with God?

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

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

4. Why is the author telling his secrets?

5. What is the most sacred function of memory?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?"

Essay Topic 2

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 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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