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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 attending theological seminary did the author started teaching at Harvard?

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

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

4. What rubber doll did Dudley Knott carry with him everywhere?

5. Which was the employer of the driver who later gave the author the license plate with the encouraging word imprinted on it that the author saw passing on the road?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. How did the author translate his hotel dream into his real life?

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

7. What differences did the author write about among Union students as well as what they all shared?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After the author's mother-in-law dies, he and his wife spend time in Florida, where he begins seeing another therapist. How does this therapy help him forgive and understand his father? His mother? What did the author dream about that helped this process? What did the author realize he had passed on to his kids after going through this process?

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

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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