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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 room of the author's mother what kind of magazines are on her chaise lounge?

2. The author likens his mother, in her later years, to a millionaire who what?

3. On what street was the apartment in which the author's mother died?

4. In the mid 1970's, how may teenage children did the author have?

5. In describing what he learned after his father's death, what does the author consider a means of grace?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the author telling his secrets?

2. How do ministers lose touch with God?

3. How did the daughter being sick affect the author?

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

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

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

7. What is the most sacred function of memory?

8. Why does the author write "The Wizard's Tide" and what differs in the book from his childhood memory of his father's death?

9. What did the author say he would deal with in this autobiography "Telling Secrets?"

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author talks about the pluralism of Harvard Divinity School. What makes Harvard pluralistic (as described by the author)? What happens in the author's Harvard classroom that helps him conclude that pluralism can become factionalism? What is factionalism (as presented in the book)?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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