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. In what year did the author accept an invitation to teach at Harvard Divinity School?

2. What is the oldest part of the Tower of London?

3. When the author asked another of his atheist students what he have faith in, the student replied he had faith in ____.

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

5. Which island shop had ceiling fans?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Naya?

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

3. Why does the author describe Bermuda as enchanting?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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?

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