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. What color was the house the author and his family lived in on the island, in a town called Paget?

2. What rubber doll did Dudley Knott carry with him everywhere?

3. In the 1950s, the author attended theological seminary in what city?

4. What is Dudley Knott's wife's name?

5. The author likens the way we scurry through life to ____, in how we keep busy, busy, ignoring the big things while small things loom large.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author connect his feelings to what he describes about the Tower in London?

2. What can you tell about the author and his time at Union Theological Seminary?

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

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

5. Why does the author describe Bermuda as enchanting?

6. Who is Naya?

7. When do Dudley Knott and the author become friends?

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

9. What differences did the author write about among Union students as well as what they all shared?

10. What did the author expect in a Harvard teaching experience that he did not get when he actually taught at Harvard Divinity School?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author talks about being as deaf about his family and himself as his mother was, even with a purse full of half or not working hearing aids. The author uses two pieces of stained glass in his office to help readers understand this time in his life. Explain how the author felt he was "deaf" about his life and how he used the stained glass pieces to convey these experiences, thoughts and feelings to readers.

Essay Topic 2

The author taught on the east coast and in the mid-west. Explain his thoughts about each experience, using details from the book. Also, identify the major differences that existed between the two in regards to religious discussions, and the students he taught; and how these differences contributed to the author's experiences.

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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