Telling Secrets Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 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

At the end of Part One of the book, the author talks about ministers losing themselves and setting aside their own experiences when they preach. Explain this position. Then discuss how the author views such behavior is detrimental not only to the ministers, but their congregations as well. Why does the author include these observations at this point in the book?

On page 10 of the book, the author writes that "don't talk, don't trust, don't feel" is supposed to be the unwritten law of dysfunctional families. How does this "law" manifest itself in the author's life as a child when his father commits suicide, as well as in the immediate events following his father's death (e.g. the lack of a funeral, the family move out of the country, the mother's behavior, ...); and how does the "law manifest itself in later events involving the author and his brother's relationship with their mother as she aged?

Why is the author's daughter sick? How did she get well? How did the increasing wellness of his daughter, help the author to realize that he was not well? How does the author explain what happens to someone who after being sick for so long is suddenly well? How does this new "freedom" affect them?

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