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. The author talks about English money weighing down his pockets; the heavy coppers, florins and __.

2. "The Power and the Glory" dealt with what country in the 1930s?

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

4. How many years after attending theological seminary did the author started teaching at Harvard?

5. According to the author, about how old is the the Chapel of St. John?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why did the author like having Dudley Knott as a friend?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

On page 10 of the book, the author writes that "don't talk, don't trust, don't feel" is supposed to be the unwritten law of dysfunctional families. How does this "law" manifest itself in the author's life as a child when his father commits suicide, as well as in the immediate events following his father's death (e.g. the lack of a funeral, the family move out of the country, the mother's behavior, ...); and how does the "law manifest itself in later events involving the author and his brother's relationship with their mother as she aged?

Essay Topic 2

After the author's mother-in-law dies, he and his wife spend time in Florida, where he begins seeing another therapist. How does this therapy help him forgive and understand his father? His mother? What did the author dream about that helped this process? What did the author realize he had passed on to his kids after going through this process?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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