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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. What is the name of the maid?

2. Which world leader is mentioned in this section of the book?

3. What color were the slacks Mr. Buechner was wearing?

4. The author refers to the moves that took place during which time period?

5. What was the girl's name?

Short Essay Questions

1. What situations have been faced by Grandma Buechner? What is the woman's personality?

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

3. How is the death of Freddy's father foreshadowed? How is it related to the rest of the author's life?

4. Discuss the reference Buechner makes to Dylan Thomas. Which poem is mentioned? What is the theme explored by Buechner?

5. How does the lack of a permanent home affect the author?

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

7. Discuss Freddy's favorite book as a child. Which character was Freddy's favorite?

8. Describe Buechner's experience during the morning when he was attempting to ignore the sound of the carpenters working in the house.

9. Discuss the duplicity of Freddy's father and how it affects the child.

10. Did Buechner leave a suicide note? If so, where was it left and what did it say?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Examine Freddy's relationship with Naya and Grandpa Kuhn. What was the relationship between Kathy's parents and the boys? What about the grandparents' house gave the Buechners a sense of security that could be found nowhere else? What was unusual about Naya? What was the relationship like between Kathy and her parents? How did Naya continue to influence Freddy's life?

Essay Topic 3

From early on, Freddy seems to have no clear concept of religion or God. Examine Freddy's early beliefs. Why does Freddy not believe in God? What are the family's religious leanings? Does the family go to church? When is Freddy confirmed? How do other family member's beliefs affect Freddy? What are the beliefs of the others in the family? What about Naya's beliefs is interesting to Freddy? What is the first sign that Freddy might be changing his views? Explain.

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