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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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?

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?

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?

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