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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 country did the Buechner family originate?

2. Buechner believed that if his father died the ________.

3. How old is Freddy at this time?

4. What is the nickname for Buechner's brother?

5. What is Grandmother Buechner's first name?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the common thread between Freddy's sudden departure, his father's death and "Gone With The Wind?"

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

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

8. Who is Mrs. Taylor? What was her relationship to Freddy?

9. What is Freddy's opinion of his father?

10. How does Freddy carry this character into his future studies and beliefs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Freddy Buechner's stint in the military. Why did he join the army? Where did he go to basic training? What type of experiences did Buechner having during basics? How did the experience change the author? When did Freddy have his epiphany? What did Freddy learn about himself? How could that epiphany be used throughout the balance of Freddy's life?

Essay Topic 3

The author spends a great deal of time seeking answers. What types of questions are Buechner most likely to ask? Who does Freddy turn to for wisdom and guidance? Does the author find the answers to the questions he needs answered the most? Explain. Have you ever experienced any similar situations? What was the outcome? Do you think the author will ever receive answers to all of his questions? Explain. Also discuss the overall journey for truth that is relayed in the text.

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