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 major event colors the time period?

2. Buechner's main goal of the trip was to speak to a particularly wise ____.

3. What is Freddy's next job?

4. In what year was Buechner's book published?

5. In what town does Freddy work?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What positive event occurred at the end of the weekend at the monastery?

3. Explain Buechner's "beyond time" moment with a former school friend. What is the realization that comes from the event?

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

5. What happens to Freddy after he is discharged from the Army?

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

7. Why did Freddy move to New York? What occurred shortly after his arrival?

8. The story about Naya foreshadows an issue faced by Buechner in years to come. What is the issue? Why does it occur?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Finding God seems to be one of Freddy's most challenging and rewarding experiences in life thus far. Write a 750 word essay on Buechner's quest. Include the reason Freddy began the search, when and how the search for God replaced Freddy's childhood fantasies and connection to King Rinkitink, and how many seemingly fortuitous events led him to the seminary and to his career in religious writings.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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