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Mid-Book 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. Buechner refers to himself as more of a(n) than a theologian.

2. What was the name of the author's famous spouse?

3. Buechner often told people his father died from which of the following?

4. What is the name of the maid?

5. Buechner recalls the lectures that had taken place ____ years earlier.

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what Buechner means by the phrase "beyond time."

2. Explain the nomadic behavior of the Buechner family when Freddy was a child.

3. What do the woman and the boy have in common?

4. Examine the author's tale of the suppression of grief following his father's death. How does the family run away from the situation?

5. In the author's mind, how does a person leave an indelible mark on another's soul?

6. What is Freddy's financial situation? What does he do about it?

7. How does Freddy view Naya? What do the woman and the boy have in common? What is special about the woman?

8. Discuss Freddy's stay in Bermuda. Why did the family have to leave?

9. What was Freddy's next step in finding answers to this new predicament?

10. How does Freddy compare Oz to a higher power?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Foreshadowing is used several times in the book. Point out the three strongest examples of foreshadowing used by the author. Explain each. Do you think the foreshadowing was intentional or did it happen as a matter of course? Discuss.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Freddy's fear of losing his home. Early on Freddy began to fear that the world would collapse around him. This seemed to apply most to the home where Freddy desperately needed to feel safe. What about the home situation created this fear in Freddy? Was it a justified or rational fear? Explain. Is there a proper term for this type of fear? How was it handled? Did Freddy ever get over the fear? How did Freddy's fears become realized when he went off to school? Did Jamie suffer from this same issue?

Essay Topic 3

There are often many differences between the personalities of the youngest and eldest child in a family, regardless of size. Discuss the differences between Freddy and Jamie. Compare and contrast the brothers. Examine how the boys view family life, their parents and grandparents, father's suicide and last effects of the tragedy.

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