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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. This behavior may indicate which characteristic in Freddy?

2. Anna called to say that she had broken the bone in her _____.

3. What was the name of the book?

4. What was the girl's name?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Freddy's dependency upon his parents affect him in a negative way?

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

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

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. Discuss Freddy's basic training. What causes Freddy to make adjustments? What does Freddy learn?

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

7. What came out of this experience regarding the noise in a person's every day life?

8. Who is Frederick Buechner? Why is this book important?

9. Once again the Buechners are faced with a family tragedy. What is the tragedy? How does it affect Freddy?

10. How does Buechner view the "beyond time" events that occur after he leaves Princeton?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Examine Freddy's early writing career. What got Freddy started on the path to becoming a writer? Who were his influences? What type of writing did Freddy want to undertake? What was the outcome of the effort? What changed Freddy's direction? What did other people say about the work? Was Freddy encouraged or discouraged? What was Mr. Martin's role in the process?

Essay Topic 2

Examine Buechner's years at Princeton. What were his majors? Who did Buechner meet while at school? Who were his friends? What types of activities did Buechner prefer? In which subjects did Buechner excel? How did college change Freddy's financial situation? How was Freddy's relationship to his family during this time?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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