Telling Secrets Test | Final 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. According to the author, about how old is the the Chapel of St. John?

2. What Shakespeare reading assignment was objected to by the author's feminist students?

3. What type of cedar trees does the author describe, as a smell of "the island?"

4. In what year was the author's first novel published?

5. In Part Two, the author describes his memory of the color of the shallows in the Gulf Stream on the island as ___.

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the author's kids connect him with the outside world when they were small?

2. 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?

3. How did the author translate his hotel dream into his real life?

4. What does the author tell us about his first two autobiographies?

5. Who goes to Bermuda with the author when he is a child and how does he describe their arrival in Bermuda?

6. What did trying to help his daughter reveal to the author about his emotional state?

7. Who is Naya?

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

9. Besides complaints about him praying in his first class at Harvard, what other surprises did the author's students give him?

10. Why does the author describe Bermuda as enchanting?

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

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 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?

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