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 refers to themselves as the "last rose of summer?"

2. In Part One of the book, what was not a tradition in the Buechner family in relation to death?

3. What is the title of the book the author wrote to tell the story of his father to a child?

4. Who wrote "The Last Battle?"

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author say we are distracted from hearing God in the silence?

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

3. Who is Brendan the Navigator and what does he convey about the kingdom of God?

4. How did the author feel about his kids once they were older and how did this affect his life once they left home as adults?

5. How do our other selves develop as explained in Part Two of "Telling Secrets?"

6. Why does the preaching at St. Barnabas impress the author?

7. Why is the author exempt from the Wheaton College pledge?

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

9. What techniques does the author use to help him say good-bye to his father?

10. Describe the author's mother's bedroom in her 79th street apartment.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

What happened in the author's dream about a hotel (provide details)? What did the room come to mean to the author? In reality what represented Eden to the author and why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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