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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. Freddy claims that _______ the moment he learned of his father's death.

2. Buechner talks about the cold weather they faced while driving through which mountain range?

3. The author believes that a person's _____ will always change.

4. How old was Buechner on his first date with a girl?

5. What word is used to describe the character?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the purpose of writing a memoir at such a young age?

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

3. What new goal does Freddy set at this time? What is the main hindrance to the goal?

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

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

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

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

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

9. How is the friend situation resolved? What does Freddy learn from the experience?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the concept of memories of the dead. Freddy has definite opinions about the memories of the dead, including the fact that they can grow and change thereby changing each person. Explain the concept of a person changing after death. How can a dead person change? Does the person only change to those that hold their memories? How does the author explain it? Do you agree or disagree? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Freddy exhibits mental instability while he was in the army. What is your opinion on the issue? Was Freddy simply scared of the orders, or were there other factors at work? Do you think the meltdown experienced by Freddy was caused by the situation or was it residual from his childhood? What was the reaction of the commanding officer? What happened to Freddy after he broke down? How did it affect his career? Was Freddy ordered to get help? Explain.

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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