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. How many years after college graduation was the author ordained as a minister?

2. What place of torment eventually becomes home if you live there long enough, according to the author?

3. Who built the White Tower?

4. Who wrote "The Man Who Was Thursday?"

5. "The Power and the Glory" dealt with what country in the 1930s?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does the author describe Bermuda as enchanting?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What happened in the author's dream about a hotel (provide details)? What did the room come to mean to the author? In reality what represented Eden to the author and why?

Essay Topic 3

On page 10 of the book, the author writes that "don't talk, don't trust, don't feel" is supposed to be the unwritten law of dysfunctional families. How does this "law" manifest itself in the author's life as a child when his father commits suicide, as well as in the immediate events following his father's death (e.g. the lack of a funeral, the family move out of the country, the mother's behavior, ...); and how does the "law manifest itself in later events involving the author and his brother's relationship with their mother as she aged?

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