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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What metaphor does the author use with which to compare with a God who hurts to heal?
(a) A trickster.
(b) A surgeon with wholly good intentions.
(c) A frustrated parent.
(d) A cosmic sadist.

2. In Chapter Three, what is the author finally able to do?
(a) Remember H. without forcing it.
(b) Talk to his children about H.
(c) Tend to his affairs.
(d) Tidy up his house.

3. What can the author's grief and memories never achieve?
(a) Bringing H. back.
(b) Easing or aggravating H.'s past anguish.
(c) Restoring the author's faith in God.
(d) Giving the author comfort.

4. How many hours of healthy sleep did the author finally get in Chapter Three?
(a) 8 hours.
(b) 24 hours.
(c) 10 hours.
(d) 12 hours.

5. What experience helps the author make a decision about God's nature?
(a) H.'s suffering.
(b) The author's suffering.
(c) When God withholds His comfort.
(d) When the author stops grieving.

6. About what is the author's remaining problem in Chapter Four?
(a) About feelings and motives.
(b) About what God should do.
(c) About how to live.
(d) About what the author can do.

7. Thinking so much about his grief causes the author to doubt what?
(a) His sanity.
(b) His memories of H.
(c) His love for H.
(d) His faith in God.

8. What practical problem did H.'s death solve?
(a) The author cannot put her ahead of God.
(b) The author learned how to cope with grief.
(c) The author learned how to confront his own mortality.
(d) It bridged the author's distance from God.

9. Against what were the author's records written?
(a) Loss of the author's career.
(b) Total collapse.
(c) Insanity.
(d) Losing memory of H.

10. Why does the author walk all he can?
(a) So he can go to bed tired.
(b) To avoid his feelings.
(c) To work off his frustration.
(d) For his physical health.

11. What action does the author say is useless if God hurts to heal?
(a) Trying to heal oneself.
(b) Committing suicide.
(c) Thinking one can reverse any pain.
(d) Begging God for tenderness.

12. In Chapter Three, to what does the author compare faith?
(a) A dream state.
(b) A game of chess.
(c) A game of bridge.
(d) A mysterious friendship.

13. Why does the author think that Lazarus got a "raw deal"?
(a) Lazarus had to die twice.
(b) Lazarus did not want to rise from the dead.
(c) Lazarus was a martyr.
(d) Lazarus was still ill when he came back to life.

14. In Chapter Three, why does the author conclude he wants H. back?
(a) So the author's children will have their mother.
(b) Because the author is selfish.
(c) To prove that God is all-powerful.
(d) To restore the author's past.

15. What does the author think that H. would have thought must happen to weak faith?
(a) That such faith must be knocked down.
(b) Religion must build up such faith.
(c) That weak faith has to grow stronger.
(d) That such faith must be held closely.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is all reality, according to the author?

2. What effect did the author's experience of H. have on him?

3. What does the author think might be true about his unconscious?

4. What does the author think it means if human suffering is unnecessary?

5. According to the author, what kind of faith cannot survive a serious challenge such as death?

(see the answer keys)

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