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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 is one of the last things mentioned in Chapter 4 of Part 1?

2. What book leads Merton to review his opinion of Catholicism?

3. What book does Bramachari recommend to Merton?

4. What was the name of the school Merton attended in 1929?

5. When was Merton baptized?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of a book Merton purchased at Scribner's?

2. What factors influenced Merton in pursuing a graduate degree in English?

3. How does his father set an example for Merton's later life?

4. How does Merton feel about living with his father's friends after his mother's death?

5. Why does Merton believe that going to church is not enough to fulfill his need for God?

6. What does the Baroness do in her life that Merton finds inspiring?

7. What worries does Merton have about his desire to write?

8. After the death of his father, why does Merton consider himself to be a rebel in New York?

9. What is the significance of Bob Lax in the Epilogue?

10. How does Merton describe his feelings about the monasteries of Gethsemani and St. Francis of Assisi in Part 3, Chapter 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Merton becomes involved with the student publications at Columbia University. Discuss in detail how working on these publications affects Merton's writing career and his spiritual quest.

Essay Topic 2

Merton mentions "love affairs" in his book, but provides few details about the women involved. Why is Merton so secretive about his romantic relationships? How could having more details about the women in his life help the reader have a better understanding of Merton's character?

Essay Topic 3

Early on in his spiritual quest Merton believes Catholicism to be mysterious and secretive, and he also believes that Protestants commit many "errors" in their religious observance. Compare and contrast these beliefs and discuss the ways Merton's criticism of these two major religions moves him further on the path toward becoming a monk.

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