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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. What fell behind the radiator and required that the building superintendent come to retrieve it?
2. In Part One of the book, what was not a tradition in the Buechner family in relation to death?
3. What was the name of the woman the author's mother had trouble understanding because of her thick accent?
4. On what street was the apartment in which the author's mother died?
5. Who tends to more publicly lose touch with themselves and with God, according to the author?
Short Essay Questions
1. What was on the stained glass pieces in the author's office?
2. Why does the author write "The Wizard's Tide" and what differs in the book from his childhood memory of his father's death?
3. How is the author's story, our story?
4. Why is the author telling his secrets?
5. Describe the author's mother's bedroom in her 79th street apartment.
6. How did author's mom respond to his fictionalized version of his father's death and how did her reaction to this fist telling affect the author's writing about the death later?
7. How does the author describe God loving us, and loving his daughter?
8. How does the author describe his father's suicide?
9. Why/how does the author identify with one of the stained glass images?
10. What illness did the author's daughter have and how did it affect her?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
The author wrote "Brendan" in 1987. How does the author describe Brendan the Navigator? Why does the author say he found another saint in reference to Brendan the Navigator? How does the author use this character and another to convey his belief that we are all crippled? Through Brendan what does the author offer as a solution to help those that are crippled?
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