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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. How many years had the author been married by the mid 1970's?

2. What did the author's mother use when she "struck to kill?"

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

4. What is the title of the first autobiography written by the author?

5. What title did the author write when he was in his fifties and his mom was in her eighties?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do ministers lose touch with God?

3. How did the author's mother's aging affect her sons' lives?

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

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

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

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

8. What is the most sacred function of memory?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Explain what the author means when he writes that by watching and listening we are praying. How does God speak to us in quietness? What is "God's place" in us? What deadens us to God's presence within us? How does Psalm 131 illustrate these points from the author?

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