The Seven Storey Mountain Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What prompted Merton to confess his sins to the abbot?

2. What causes Merton's unhappiness when he is teaching?

3. Why can Merton register for the draft as a conscientious objector?

4. What medical emergency does Merton experience while waiting to enter a monastery?

5. Where does Merton get a job as a teacher?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Merton expands his understanding of Catholicism essentially by mistake when he purchases "The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy" without knowing it is a Catholic book. Discuss why Merton would be "angry" when he finds he has bought a Catholic book and how reading it changed his mind.

Essay Topic 2

Literature and reading were always important to Merton throughout his life. Was Merton's choice of William Blake as the subject of his thesis indicative of his search for God? How does Merton use literature as a guide in his life?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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