Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Anne Lamott
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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 does Anne like to do?

2. What does Anne realize is her problem with the woman at Sam's school?

3. What woman do Anne and Sam visit because she is dying?

4. Anne is the child of ______________.

5. Whose strong presence does Anne feel one night when she is scared?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Anne know that Sam has forgiven her for the cartoon episode of that Ash Wednesday morning?

2. How is Anne part of another little miracle?

3. What is the reason that Anne makes Sam go to church?

4. How does Anne respond when some paragliders offer Sam a free ride for his birthday one year in Idaho?

5. Why does Anne go to the home of her friend, Shelly?

6. What role does alcohol play in Anne's home life?

7. How does an Ash Wednesday morning, which Anne means to be filled with respect, turn out completely the opposite?

8. Why does Anne think she may be failing Sam?

9. How does Anne learn that she receives grace to overcome and endure?

10. When Anne and Sam are at Ixtapa for vacation, they are both still mourning the death of Anne's friend, Pammy. What happens to alter Anne's perspective a little?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Anne's favorite prayer? Why do you think it is her favorite? Does she like the simplicity of it? Does she like it because it is easy to remember? Does she like it because it sums up everything for her? Or is it all of these things? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

What is Anne's position on abortion? After Anne has an abortion, she hemorrhages in her room and feels the presence of Jesus. How does this affect her decision not to abort when she becomes pregnant a second time?

Essay Topic 3

What is "God's In Box?" Explain the nature of requests that are appropriate for "God's In Box." What does Anne learn by reviewing previous requests kept in this special place?

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