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. To the author's mother, being beautiful was her ______.

2. In "Godric" what is the name of the father of the title character?

3. When the dwarves are offered food, what do they think it is?

4. Who tends to more publicly lose touch with themselves and with God, according to the author?

5. According to the author, what is the doorway to healing and forgiveness?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to the author, how does memory help us finish with the past?

3. Why did the author feel like a dwarf as depicted in C. S. Lewis' "The Last Battle?"

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

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

6. Why is the author telling his secrets?

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

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

9. What is the most sacred function of memory?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 introduces us to the Tower of London, specifically the the oldest part, the White Tower. What is the White Tower? Why does the author include this information in the book? How does the author connect the details he provided about the White Tower to himself, to his life?

Essay Topic 3

In the Introduction, the author writes that 1) telling secrets makes it easier to see where we have been and where we are going; 2) it makes it easier for others to share their secrets; and 3) that exchanges like this is what being a family, and being human is all about. Using details from Part One, Part Two and Part Three of the book, provide details from the authors life experiences that support each of the three statements (1,2 3) above?

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