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 the White Tower what has an heavy oak door?

2. When the author asked another of his atheist students what he have faith in, the student replied he had faith in ____.

3. Which island shop had ceiling fans?

4. "He who does not love remains in death" is quoted by the author from what book of the Bible?

5. Who wrote "The Man Who Was Thursday?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does the author describe about the Tower of London?

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

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

In Part Two of the book, the author talks about the "mystery" of Genesis 1:26-27. What is the "mystery" and how does this relate to what the author calls our deepest, original self? What happens to this original self after the world "does its work?" What does the author mean when he talks about the weather of the world, hats and coats, and "all our other selves?"

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

The author talks about the pluralism of Harvard Divinity School. What makes Harvard pluralistic (as described by the author)? What happens in the author's Harvard classroom that helps him conclude that pluralism can become factionalism? What is factionalism (as presented in the book)?

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