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. In what year was Buechner's book published?

2. What type of hat did grandpa wear?

3. Freddy believed that looking at the _____ of things was easier.

4. What ailment was experienced by the one person Buechner wanted to speak to the most?

5. Who calls Buechner shortly before dinner is served?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Buechner view the "beyond time" events that occur after he leaves Princeton?

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

3. What was Freddy's next step in finding answers to this new predicament?

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

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

6. How does Freddy compare Oz to a higher power?

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

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

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

10. How does Freddy view Naya? What do the woman and the boy have in common? What is special about the woman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Examine Freddy's early writing career. What got Freddy started on the path to becoming a writer? Who were his influences? What type of writing did Freddy want to undertake? What was the outcome of the effort? What changed Freddy's direction? What did other people say about the work? Was Freddy encouraged or discouraged? What was Mr. Martin's role in the process?

Essay Topic 3

Freddy finally found a style of writing that suited him. What was that style? What types of themes were tackled by Freddy? What was the title of his first book? What was the main theme? Was the book autobiographical? How did Freddy relate his life to the characters and events in the book? Explain. Using the information given in the book, write an outline or synopsis of Freddy's first work.

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