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", the author describes his father as the young man in the gray slacks and maroon _______.

2. The author writes about how he cannot preach about ____, after an atheist student tells him she and others do not believe in God.

3. Who wrote "The Power and the Glory?"

4. What is on the second floor of the White Tower?

5. What did Knights of the Order of the Bath keep an all night vigil over the day before a king's coronation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author describe Bermuda as enchanting?

2. Who is Naya?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author introduces us to the Tower of London, specifically the the oldest part, the White Tower. What is the White Tower? Why does the author include this information in the book? How does the author connect the details he provided about the White Tower to himself, to his life?

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 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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