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. Which of the following terms does Buechner use to describe forthcoming events?

2. What is the main activity when students are not in class?

3. Buechner experienced what reaction when given orders?

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

5. What food was Buechner eating when he had a breakthrough?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does religion begin to creep into Freddy's work? What comparisons are made to other works of art?

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

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

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

7. Explain what Buechner means by the phrase "beyond time."

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

9. What do the woman and the boy have in common?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the time the Buechners spent in Bermuda. Why did Mrs. Buechner take the family to Bermuda? Who went along? Where in Bermuda did the family stay? Was it intended to be a vacation or a permanent move? What were the opinions of the three grandparents? What was Kathy's reasoning for the trip? How did the family react to their new surroundings? How long did they stay? What prompted the move to North Carolina? What about the time in Bermuda stayed with Freddy? Explain.

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

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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