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 do with the dimes given to her periodically by an elderly woman?

2. What does Anne do when she has to make an important decision?

3. Why do Anne and Sam go to Idaho?

4. Anne gets good grades in high school in spite of _________________________.

5. What cause does Anne recall protesting with her father years ago?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Anne's life at 28.

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

4. 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?

5. What is Anne's religious experience as a child?

6. How is Anne like her activist father?

7. Anne's friend, Pammy, learns that she can adopt a baby at the same time that she learns she is dying from cancer. How does Pammy think about her new daughter during this time?

8. What is Anne's philosophy about bad things happening?

9. Describe Anne's trip to the beach when she tries to get rid of a headache.

10. What is the symbolism Anne speaks of when she talks about "pieces of Pammy"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Anne is the child of atheists yet enjoys going to church with other people. Why does Anne enjoy religious experiences? Why does Anne say she always prays at night but does not ever tell anyone about it?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Anne consider herself to be a coward when she seems to be a very outspoken person? Where does courage come from? Does everyone have it or is it granted to a few special people? What makes Anne think she is not as courageous as she once thought herself to be? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Anne reaches a point when she is drinking to realize that she should no longer drive so she gets rid of her car. Why is this flawed logic? What other options could Anne have considered that would have been fundamentally more beneficial to her life?

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