The Sacred Journey; a Memoir of Early Days Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 food was Buechner eating when he had a breakthrough?

2. At long last, Buechner learns that he must _______ his weaknesses.

3. One of Buechner's most valuable lessons is that ____ is a gift.

4. What word best describes Buechner as a child?

5. What was the name of the town?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the Buechners after they leave Bermuda?

2. How does this theme relate to Buechner's life?

3. What is Freddy's financial situation? What does he do about it?

4. Explain the atmosphere at Princeton. What is the cause of the students' feelings? How are they handled?

5. How does the movement into adulthood help Freddy to understand that there are significant moments in one's life?

6. Examine Freddy's new life in boarding school. How does Freddy relate to the other kids?

7. What did the author do after developing this new curiosity about Jesus and salvation?

8. Discuss the influence of Mr. Martin on Freddy. What does Freddy learn from Martin? What step does Freddy take next?

9. Examine the impact of the attack on Pearl Harbor as it affects the human spirit.

10. What area does Freddy explore first? What is the result of the effort?

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

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

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.

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