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. 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

Essay Topic 1

In Part Two of the book, the author talks about the "mystery" of Genesis 1:26-27. What is the "mystery" and how does this relate to what the author calls our deepest, original self? What happens to this original self after the world "does its work?" What does the author mean when he talks about the weather of the world, hats and coats, and "all our other selves?"

Essay Topic 2

At the end of Part One of the book, the author talks about ministers losing themselves and setting aside their own experiences when they preach. Explain this position. Then discuss how the author views such behavior is detrimental not only to the ministers, but their congregations as well. Why does the author include these observations at this point in the book?

Essay Topic 3

The author, in Part One, talks about loving self like you love a neighbor, also expounding on the love of God. Discuss how this information ties in with the authors warning about bleeding hearts; how he came to feel again the hush of God; and how he realized as his daughter healed, he needed healing himself because he had been "huddled" in a dark stable of his own making.

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