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

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

3. In what year was "The Sacred Journey" written?

4. The author likens the way we scurry through life to ____, in how we keep busy, busy, ignoring the big things while small things loom large.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the author describe Bermuda as enchanting?

3. What can you tell about the author and his time at Union Theological Seminary?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is the author's daughter sick? How did she get well? How did the increasing wellness of his daughter, help the author to realize that he was not well? How does the author explain what happens to someone who after being sick for so long is suddenly well? How does this new "freedom" affect them?

Essay Topic 2

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)?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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