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. In what year did the author's sick daughter finally graduate college?

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

3. What room in the White Tower measures only four feet high?

4. According to the author, besides himself, who else to some degree is like the White Tower?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the author describe Bermuda as enchanting?

3. What dream did the author have about a hotel?

4. Why does the author go to Bermuda as a child?

5. 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?

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

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

8. What events from the author's life most fit the title for Part Two of "Telling Secrets?"

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

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

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 2

The author writes his own book introduction. What does the introduction reveal about the author? What purpose for the book is explained, and why is he writing another autobiography when he has already penned two such publications? What picture does the author create for the reader about expectations for this book, as well as his state of mind about the book's content?

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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