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"The life and works of the twentieth century monk, author, and religious figure Thomas Merton."
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Merton spent his infancy with expatriate parents in what country?
If you've ever heard a tape of Merton, his Americanese is pretty standard, which is odd considering that during his formative years he was educated where?
In spite of an early false start, Merton had a pretty successful academic career at what famous university?
In the course of his self-admittedly misspent youth, Merton was involved in a particular scandal that was hushed up for a long time. What was it?
He stole a sum of money from his British guardian.
He helped a girl procure an abortion.
He fathered a son out of wedlock.
He was acquitted of manslaughter under shady circumstances.
In his early twenties Merton converted to Catholicism, and, in spite of an imperfect conversion of manners, aspired at first to join which religious order?
Behaving better all the time, Merton took up a teaching position at which Catholic college?
Taking a deep breath so to speak, Merton took another stab at the religious life by applying to what monastic order?
When he was accepted into the monastery, like all monks he held what status for the first few months?
Merton had already submitted a book for publication prior to entering the monastery. What was its title?
The Seven Storey Mountain
The Paintings of Owen Merton
A Rake in Riverside
My Argument with the Gestapo
Which is the best characterization of Merton's early years in the monastery?
He was in a state of constant rebellion against authority.
He was an earnest monk anxious to observe the rules.
He made an outward show of obedience but really led a sinful life.
He exhausted himself with outward shows of pseudo-sanctity.
The abbott who admitted Merton to the monastery died shortly thereafter. Most of Merton's monastic life saw him in a difficult relationship with the next abbott, whose name was ______.
Of the classic Trappist monastic vows, Merton had the most difficulty with which?
The monastery where Merton lived was located in Kentucky and had the somewhat ironic name of Our Lady of ________.
the Seven Sorrows
Merton wrote a very great deal at the monastery. One of his purely religious works, a fine piece of mystical theology, is called Seeds of ___________.
the Father's Garden
In his search for a deeper interior life, Merton was finally able to convince the abbott, against all recent custom in the order, to allow him to live as a(n) _______________.
laicized cooperator brother
As he matured in the monastic life, Merton became involved in the world around him. Which of the following social or church movements of the sixties did not interest him?
The rise of the drug culture
The updating of the church after the Second Vatican Council
The anti-war movement
The growing dialogue between religions
The monastery made many changes during Merton's years there. Which of the following was not one of them?
The veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary was greatly de-emphasized.
The traditional agricultural activities gave way to more modern production.
The monastery church was modernized.
The liturgy was conducted in English instead of Latin.
Merton was in fact excused from many monastic disciplines. He had what is called a "relief in refectory" (a dispensation from dietary requirements) because he could not digest products made from what?
Never one to let the story of his life run dull, Merton in his later years risked another scandal by doing what?
He disappeared from the monastery for several weeks with no explanation.
He had trysts with a young woman from the locality.
He attempted to publish an unorthodox treatise under a different name.
He was found drunk in the hermitage several times.
Merton did leave the monastery a number of times in later years, a mixed blessing when one considers that he met his death in 1968 while attending a monastic conference in Southeast Asia. Of what did he apparently die?
complications of dengue fever
a ruptured aneurysm
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