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

2. Which was the employer of the driver who later gave the author the license plate with the encouraging word imprinted on it that the author saw passing on the road?

3. What color was the house the author and his family lived in on the island, in a town called Paget?

4. Which island shop had ceiling fans?

5. Who built the White Tower?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. Why does the author describe Bermuda as enchanting?

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 did the author translate his hotel dream into his real life?

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

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

9. Who is Naya?

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

At the end of Part One of the book, the author talks about ministers losing themselves and setting aside their own experiences when they preach. Explain this position. Then discuss how the author views such behavior is detrimental not only to the ministers, but their congregations as well. Why does the author include these observations at this point in the book?

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

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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