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. The scripture passage in the beginning of Part Two of the book says that we were created in the likeness and image of who?

2. The author likens the way we scurry through life to ____, in how we keep busy, busy, ignoring the big things while small things loom large.

3. According to the author, about how old is the the Chapel of St. John?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does the author describe Bermuda as enchanting?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain what the author means when he writes that by watching and listening we are praying. How does God speak to us in quietness? What is "God's place" in us? What deadens us to God's presence within us? How does Psalm 131 illustrate these points from the author?

Essay Topic 2

In Part Three of the book, the author talks about the groups that meet in the basement. He specifically details what each group does or does not do. Then he states that the church could learn a lot from such groups since the church, in his opinion, is more like a dysfunctional family, while the groups operate closer to what God intended for His church. Discuss this rationale. How are the groups like families at their best, and operating closer to what God meant for the Church? How does the church resemble a dysfunctional family? What would have to happen, according to the author, for the church to have only God and themselves left?

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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