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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Metaxas report to be Bonhoeffer's first ministry?
(a) 14 Wangenheimstrasse.
(b) The associate pastorship in Barcelona.
(c) The Thursday Circle.
(d) Teaching and preaching to a youth Sunday school class in the Grunewald parish.

2. What does Metaxas report to be the occupations of Bonhoeffer's parents?
(a) Doctor and Lawyer.
(b) Professor and Lawyer.
(c) Doctor and teacher.
(d) Teacher and physicist.

3. What interests did Bonhoeffer's mother pass to her daughter?
(a) Her passion for horticulture.
(b) Her love of music and singing.
(c) Her religious devotion.
(d) Her interest in money and finance.

4. Why does Metaxas claim Reformation Sunday is a patriotic holiday in Germany?
(a) It was the day the Nazis took control of the Reichstag.
(b) It is the day that the Reformation was recognized by the Catholic Church.
(c) It is the day that the Germanic tribes agreed to come together as a single nation.
(d) It celebrates Martin Luther and the cultural heritage of the Reformation.

5. What does Metaxas report to be the conditions in Germany that inspired Adolph Hitler to lead the Bierhall Putch?
(a) A wave of nationalistic sentiment.
(b) A desire to establish a constitutional republic.
(c) Hyperinflation of the German Mark due to attempts to meet the harsh economic terms of the Treaty of Versailles.
(d) A populist disdain for Otto von Bismarck, the Iron Chancellor.

6. What does Metaxas claim annoyed Hitler regarding Christian teaching?
(a) That Jesus was Jewish.
(b) That Christianity preached meekness.
(c) That Christianity had a long tradition that could not be dismantled.
(d) That Christianity taught that Jesus was the only begotten son of God.

7. What was the question that Metaxas claims Jean Lassere put to Bonhoeffer that led him to become involved in the ecumenical movement?
(a) "Are you willing to forgo all you have been taught about your people and take part in something much greater?"
(b) "Do we believe in the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of the Saints, or do we believe in the eternal mission of France?"
(c) "Do you really believe that Christ would call us to kill each other to determine if French Christians were better than German Christians?"
(d) "Is our war between flesh and blood or between the spirits of God and the spirits of the devil?"

8. What were the two reasons Metaxas cites that Bonhoeffer decided to lead two German congregations in London?
(a) To minister freely without Nazi intrusions and to restore his energy for challenges in Germany that he knew were to come.
(b) To inform England of the turmoil coming to Germany and to safely lead a church insurrection from outside of Germany.
(c) To practically apply what he had learned of ministry and to prepare to become a German ex-patriot as the Nazis continued to absorb power.
(d) To participate in honest "parish work" and to separate from the church struggles in Germany to gain perspective on the bigger picture.

9. Of the students with whom Bonhoeffer socialized while in New York, which does Metaxas claim had the greatest influence?
(a) Jean Lassere.
(b) Paul Lehman.
(c) Albert Franklin Fisher.
(d) Erwin Sutz.

10. According to Metaxas, how did Karl Bonhoeffer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's father, meet Bonhoeffer's mother, the former Paula von Hase?
(a) He met her while on a tour to Breslau.
(b) He met her at an "open evening" at the house of physicist Oscar meyer.
(c) He met her in her role as an assistant to Karl Wernicke, an internationally renowned professor of psychiatry.
(d) He met her while ice skating on the canals in the morning.

11. At what age does Metaxas report Bonhoeffer completed his second postdoctoral thesis?
(a) 33
(b) 31
(c) 23
(d) 27

12. What was the objective that Bonhoeffer put to the attendees of the youth conference that began the ecumenical conference at Fano?
(a) The objective was to realize that suffering was eminent.
(b) The objective was to hear what God would say to them.
(c) The objective was to equip the attendees with the knowledge to overcome Nazi attacks on their faith.
(d) The objective was to help attendees make international contacts so they could find passage out of Germany.

13. What does Metaxas use for the information upon which he builds his book?
(a) Public records of Bonhoeffers activities as a spy.
(b) Bonhoeffer's own writings.
(c) Interviews of Bonhoeffer's intimates.
(d) The collected works of Bonhoeffer's biographers.

14. What quote of Bonhoeffer's friend, Franz Hildebrandt, does Metaxas use to show the intellectual demands Bonhoeffer placed on those who were close to him.
(a) "Dietrich would ask for explanations and proofs of everything that came out of your mouth."
(b) "Dietrich would expect you to go to plays, operas, and museums with him and engage in lengthy conversations as to the significance of whatever was put before us."
(c) "You could not be a friend of Dietrich's if you did not argue with him."
(d) "He would know the answer to every question he asked you and put you under a constant test of your understanding of the Bible and the world."

15. What does Metaxas report to be the focus of Bonhoeffer's thoughts in London while some of his colleagues were concentrating on political battles against Nazi intrusion of the church?
(a) Bonhoeffer was thinking about permanently leaving Germany and renouncing his citizenship.
(b) Bonhoeffer was thinking about how he could best influence Germany's leaders.
(c) Bonhoeffer was thinking about how to get the world involved in dealing with Hitler's social and religious agenda.
(d) Bonhoeffer was thinking about God's call of discipleship and its cost.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which quote does Metaxas use to reflect Hitler's attitude toward Protestant pastors?

2. How did Metaxas define the Aryan Paragraph?

3. How did Germans consider the Weimar Republic, according to Metaxas?

4. What was the date of Bonhoeffer's death, according to Metaxas?

5. To what did Bonhoeffer compare a crowd at a bullfight, according to Metaxas?

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