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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who does Merton blame for the war, besides Hitler?
2. Why does Merton register for the draft in the way that he does?
3. How does Merton register his draft papers?
4. Where does Merton get a job as a teacher?
5. Who is Father Edmund?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Merton spends considerable time feeling guilty about his visits to bars in New York and what he does there. Why does Merton continue to do things he considers to be sinful, and how do Merton's repeated adventures in New York bars impact his desire to be a priest?
Essay Topic 2
Merton's university thesis was called "Nature and Art in William Blake."
1)How does his choice of thesis topic reflect his early childhood experiences?
2) What elements in Blake does Merton find relevant to his spiritual search?
3) How does writing this thesis prepare Merton for his life as a monk?
Essay Topic 3
Merton speaks of his parents' dislike of "spooky prejudices that devour people." What, in your opinion, are some examples of these "spooky prejudices" and does the rejection of these things by Merton's father and mother make them better or worse as parents? Do you think that Merton carried on the legacy of his parents in his adult life?
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