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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What religious rule do the monks follow at Gethsemani?
2. Where is Merton's brother during the time Merton is at Friendship House?
3. What do Ed Rice and Bob Lax work on in Olean?
4. Where is Merton's brother sent while Thomas is joining the monastery?
5. What causes Merton's unhappiness when he is teaching?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Thomas Merton's mother died when he and his brother were young children. How did his mother's death impact Merton? What his reaction to her death different than that of his brother? His father? Do you think her death changed Owen Merton's life and the relationship he had with his sons?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Merton's relationship with sports is complicated. He participates in them, but doesn't feel that he has the ability to excel. Compare and contrast the benefits and disadvantages Merton receives from playing sports at Columbia. What does his choice of sports tell the reader about his personality?
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