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 complaining about her looks, what did the author's mother say "don't fit?"

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

3. How many failed marriages did the author's mother have after his father died?

4. How old was the author when his father committed suicide?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the most sacred function of memory?

3. How is the author's story, our story?

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

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

6. How does the author describe God loving us, and loving his daughter?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Why is the author's daughter sick? How did she get well? How did the increasing wellness of his daughter, help the author to realize that he was not well? How does the author explain what happens to someone who after being sick for so long is suddenly well? How does this new "freedom" affect them?

Essay Topic 3

In Part Three of the book, the author talks about the groups that meet in the basement. He specifically details what each group does or does not do. Then he states that the church could learn a lot from such groups since the church, in his opinion, is more like a dysfunctional family, while the groups operate closer to what God intended for His church. Discuss this rationale. How are the groups like families at their best, and operating closer to what God meant for the Church? How does the church resemble a dysfunctional family? What would have to happen, according to the author, for the church to have only God and themselves left?

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