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. In the Introduction, how many books does the author mention that dealt with the headlines of his life?

2. How many years had the author been married by the mid 1970's?

3. How many failed marriages did the author's mother have after his father died?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is the author telling his secrets?

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

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

5. How does the author describe God loving us, and loving his daughter?

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

7. What is the most sacred function of memory?

8. Why does the author write "The Wizard's Tide" and what differs in the book from his childhood memory of his father's death?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The author talks about the pluralism of Harvard Divinity School. What makes Harvard pluralistic (as described by the author)? What happens in the author's Harvard classroom that helps him conclude that pluralism can become factionalism? What is factionalism (as presented in the book)?

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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