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

2. From what book of the Bible does the author quote a scripture passage in the beginning of Part Two of the book?"

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

4. According to the author, besides himself, who else to some degree is like the White Tower?

5. In the 1950s, the author attended theological seminary in what city?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. Why does the author describe Bermuda as enchanting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Part One of the book, the author spends a few pages talking about memory. How does memory relate to the past? To healing? Why does the author make these distinctions about the past, about memory, about healing? How does memory function in relation to the past, the present and the future? How or can the past, present, and future be altered by memory? How did the author incorporate these factors into "The Wizard's Tide?"

Essay Topic 2

The author's mother is quoted in Part One of the book as saying, "If I didn't have something to look for, I would be lost." Answer either A or B.

A. Why does she make this statement? Discuss the significance of the mother losing her beauty and trying to find it daily with her make-up and other enhancements, in relation to her state of mind, her health, and her relationship with her sons and her caregivers/friends.

B. Why does the author describe the statement as one of his mother's "most shimmering utterances?" How does this theme of "lost and found" play out throughout the details of the author's life described in the book - his family (mom and brother, wife and kids), friends, students?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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