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

2. Who refers to themselves as the "last rose of summer?"

3. What condition made it almost impossible for the author's mom to walk during her last year of life?

4. In describing what he learned after his father's death, what does the author consider a means of grace?

5. "For the last ____ years" of her life, the author's mother saw almost no one except immediate family.

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the author's kids connect him with the outside world when they were small?

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

3. What does the author tell us about his first two autobiographies?

4. Why does the author like his new therapist?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Who goes to Bermuda with the author when he is a child and how does he describe their arrival in Bermuda?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

After the author's mother-in-law dies, he and his wife spend time in Florida, where he begins seeing another therapist. How does this therapy help him forgive and understand his father? His mother? What did the author dream about that helped this process? What did the author realize he had passed on to his kids after going through this process?

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

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?

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