|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Buechner decides to spend the weekend at a _______.
2. The grandmother was known for seeking out the ______ qualities in people.
3. In what town does Freddy work?
4. What food was Buechner eating when he had a breakthrough?
5. What word does Buechner use to describe his lunch guest?
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss the influence of Mr. Martin on Freddy. What does Freddy learn from Martin? What step does Freddy take next?
2. The story about Naya foreshadows an issue faced by Buechner in years to come. What is the issue? Why does it occur?
3. Examine the impact of the attack on Pearl Harbor as it affects the human spirit.
4. How does the movement into adulthood help Freddy to understand that there are significant moments in one's life?
5. How does this theme relate to Buechner's life?
6. Examine Freddy's experience at the monastery. Did it turn out as planned?
7. Once again the Buechners are faced with a family tragedy. What is the tragedy? How does it affect Freddy?
8. Discuss Freddy's basic training. What causes Freddy to make adjustments? What does Freddy learn?
9. Examine Freddy's new life in boarding school. How does Freddy relate to the other kids?
10. Explain what Buechner means by the phrase "beyond time."
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss Freddy Buechner's stint in the military. Why did he join the army? Where did he go to basic training? What type of experiences did Buechner having during basics? How did the experience change the author? When did Freddy have his epiphany? What did Freddy learn about himself? How could that epiphany be used throughout the balance of Freddy's life?
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 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?
This section contains 1,074 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)