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

2. What was in the bowl on top of the bureau in the room of the author's mother?

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

4. As the author's mother aged, she complained about her looks, saying her hair looked like what?

5. In the room in which the author writes, how many pieces of stained glass sit in his windows?

Short Essay Questions

1. What differences did the author write about among Union students as well as what they all shared?

2. What did the author expect in a Harvard teaching experience that he did not get when he actually taught at Harvard Divinity School?

3. Why is the author put off by the Wheaton College pledge?

4. Why does the author describe Bermuda as enchanting?

5. What was on the stained glass pieces in the author's office?

6. What is the setting of the author's dream about his mother?

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

8. What does dreaming about his mother help the author accomplish?

9. What does the author describe about the Tower of London?

10. What can you tell about the author and his time at Union Theological Seminary?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Part One of the book, the author spends a few pages talking about memory. How does memory relate to the past? To healing? Why does the author make these distinctions about the past, about memory, about healing? How does memory function in relation to the past, the present and the future? How or can the past, present, and future be altered by memory? How did the author incorporate these factors into "The Wizard's Tide?"

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

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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