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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 was the name of the author's maternal grandmother?
2. In Part Two, the author describes his memory of the color of the shallows in the Gulf Stream on the island as ___.
3. In what year was "The Sacred Journey" written?
4. What is Dudley Knott's wife's name?
5. How many years after college graduation was the author ordained as a minister?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did the author like having Dudley Knott as a friend?
2. What did trying to help his daughter reveal to the author about his emotional state?
3. What can you tell about the author and his time at Union Theological Seminary?
4. What did the author expect in a Harvard teaching experience that he did not get when he actually taught at Harvard Divinity School?
5. What does the author tell us about his first two autobiographies?
6. Who goes to Bermuda with the author when he is a child and how does he describe their arrival in Bermuda?
7. What differences did the author write about among Union students as well as what they all shared?
8. 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?
9. When do Dudley Knott and the author become friends?
10. How do our other selves develop as explained in Part Two of "Telling Secrets?"
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'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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