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 writes about his teaching experience at Harvard that "the danger of pluralism is that it becomes ______."

2. In what year did the author accept an invitation to teach at Harvard Divinity School?

3. What place of torment eventually becomes home if you live there long enough, according to the author?

4. What is the oldest part of the Tower of London?

5. What college did the author graduate from before being ordained as a minister?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is Naya?

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

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. How do our other selves develop as explained in Part Two of "Telling Secrets?"

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does the author attend St. Barnabas Episcopal Church? How is this place more at home for him than another Church? Why does the author enjoy the chanting so much? Who is Robert MacFarlane, and how does he impact the author's connection with this church?

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 wrote "Brendan" in 1987. How does the author describe Brendan the Navigator? Why does the author say he found another saint in reference to Brendan the Navigator? How does the author use this character and another to convey his belief that we are all crippled? Through Brendan what does the author offer as a solution to help those that are crippled?

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