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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. How old is Freddy when he begins to write his memoir?

2. Where did the father meet the author?

3. Which word is not used when regarding Grandmother's stubborn traits?

4. What smell does Buechner associate with his grandmother's house?

5. What word is used as a synonym for "boring?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Buechner's advice to his readers?

2. Why does Buechner use Eden as a reference? How does it relate to the way people see the world? What is the main difference between the views of adults and children?

3. What are Buechner's thoughts regarding adulthood and emotional maturity?

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

5. Discuss the presence of Grandma Buechner. How close is the family to the grandmother?

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

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

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 scenario around the death of Freddy's father.

10. How does Buechner refer to the exact moment when time begins to exist for him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ever since the death of Freddy's father, the author has had a fear of suicide. Discuss the fear of suicide. Did Freddy have any concrete reason for the fear? Was it a childhood fear? Did the fear stay with Freddy throughout his life? How was it addressed? How did the family deal with the death? What about the experience made Freddy afraid that he was destined to follow in his father's footsteps? Also discuss the suicide of the uncle and how it affected Freddy and the rest of the family. Was Freddy correct in wondering if the propensity to commit suicide was hereditary?

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

Finding God seems to be one of Freddy's most challenging and rewarding experiences in life thus far. Write a 750 word essay on Buechner's quest. Include the reason Freddy began the search, when and how the search for God replaced Freddy's childhood fantasies and connection to King Rinkitink, and how many seemingly fortuitous events led him to the seminary and to his career in religious writings.

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