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. Who built the White Tower?

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

3. In what year was "Now and Then" written?

4. What illness did Dudley Knott battle just before the author met him and they became friends?

5. According to the author, what could you buy in the island shop called Trimingham's?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Naya?

2. Why does the author describe Bermuda as enchanting?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

In the Introduction, the author writes that 1) telling secrets makes it easier to see where we have been and where we are going; 2) it makes it easier for others to share their secrets; and 3) that exchanges like this is what being a family, and being human is all about. Using details from Part One, Part Two and Part Three of the book, provide details from the authors life experiences that support each of the three statements (1,2 3) above?

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