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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. Which of the following words best describes Buechner's early efforts?
2. The author states that ______ is often responsible for significant moments in one's life.
3. In which state did the family live?
4. Once Buechner arrives in the city, he learns that he cannot ______.
5. What language does Buechner study?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does religion begin to creep into Freddy's work? What comparisons are made to other works of art?
2. Once again the Buechners are faced with a family tragedy. What is the tragedy? How does it affect Freddy?
3. How does Freddy compare Oz to a higher power?
4. How is the friend situation resolved? What does Freddy learn from the experience?
5. What area does Freddy explore first? What is the result of the effort?
6. How does the movement into adulthood help Freddy to understand that there are significant moments in one's life?
7. How does Buechner view the "beyond time" events that occur after he leaves Princeton?
8. What is Freddy's financial situation? What does he do about it?
9. Examine the impact of the attack on Pearl Harbor as it affects the human spirit.
10. Examine Freddy's experience at the monastery. Did it turn out as planned?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Frederick Buechner's father committed suicide when the boy was ten years old and his brother Jamie was eight years old. Discuss the events leading up to Mr. Buechner's death. Discuss how it affected each of the boys. What is Freddy's initial reaction to the news? What is Jamie's initial reaction? What were the first steps taken by Kathy and/or Grandma Buechner? Also discuss the reactions of Kathy and Grandma Buechner when they learned about the death.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Examine Freddy's relationship with Grandma Buechner. What was the relationship between Grandmother and grandson? What about the grandmother's house gave Freddy a sense of security that could be found nowhere else? What was unusual about Grandma Buechner? Why did the family turn to her in a time of need? What was the relationship between Freddy's father and the grandmother? What was the relationship between Kathy and her mother-in-law? How did the woman continue to influence Freddy's life?
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