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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Metaxas detail to have prevented the bomb that Stauffenberg detonated from killing Hitler?
(a) Hitler chose to leave the room.
(b) The Gestapo had Stauffenberg arrested before he could carry out his plot.
(c) A socle.
(d) The fuses did not detonate.
2. What reservations does Metaxas claim Maria's sister and her husband had regarding Bonhoeffer?
(a) His role as a pastor for an underground church.
(b) His involvement with the Abwehr.
(c) His age.
(d) His role in the conspiracy against Hitler.
3. What reason did Metaxas give for the Bonhoeffer family's ability to escape scrutiny even though it was deeply involved in seditious activities?
(a) Their intelligence allowed them to communicate on several levels and get a precise message to an intended target.
(b) The Bonhoeffer's had connections throughout government that would overlook what they were doing.
(c) They were wealthy enough to bribe officials that were investigating them.
(d) All of them were very skilled at "playing dumb".
4. What does Metaxas suggest gave Bonhoeffer hope on Easter Sunday, 1945?
(a) The sound of allied weaponry and bombs approaching Buchenwald.
(b) Many of the prison guards were not showing up at their stations so they could escape capture by American soldiers.
(c) News from General von Falkenhausen, one of the inmates with Bonhoeffer, that the German defeat was at hand.
(d) His renewed faith that the Resurrection symbolized he would come through his imprisonment.
5. How did the commissar order revitalize the conspiracy to overthrow Hitler?
(a) The generals felt that adding an SS commissar to their entourage would slow down their progress.
(b) Many generals felt Soviet commissars could be used to find more important tactical information.
(c) The generals felt that prisoners of war were their responsibility and could be used in productive supporting roles for their soldiers.
(d) Many generals considered the order to be an unreasonable violation of the rules of warfare.
6. How had the relationship come to be known to Maria's mother, according to Metaxas?
(a) Maria confessed her love for Bonhoeffer directly to her mother.
(b) Through Maria's brother, Max von Wedemeyer.
(c) Through Maria's grandmother, Ruth von Kleist-Retzow.
(d) Bonhoeffer told her through correspondence.
7. Why did Bonhoeffer recommend that Bethge keep up daily meditations on scripture even while he traveled according to Metaxas?
(a) Because Bonhoeffer believed that self-discipline was the most important part of being a pastor.
(b) Because doing so gives one a sense of grounding, continuity, and clarity.
(c) Because Bonhoeffer didn't want prison to be a limit on his pastoral advise.
(d) Because Bonhoeffer wanted to feel the sense of connection with Bethge, even though he was in prison.
8. What speculation does Metaxas make as to why the former Nazi official who performed medical experiments on concentration camp prisoners was placed in confinement?
(a) Because he had come to his conscience and refused to conduct any more experiments.
(b) Because he attempted to publish his findings in a Swiss medical journal so they could be more widely used.
(c) He had become disgusted with his work and joined the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler.
(d) He was found to be keeping records of what he was doing for the Nazis so he could share them with allied officials to incriminate his superiors.
9. What event does Metaxas claim that Bonhoeffer saw Psalms 74 as being a direct communication from God regarding the situation in Germany?
(a) The Kristallnacht.
(b) The Enabling Acts.
(c) The 1936 Olympics.
(d) The Night of the Long Knives.
10. What statement did Bonhoeffer make in a lecture titled, "The Question of the Boundaries of the Church and Church Union", was criticized by his supporters as being a piece of false doctrine?
(a) "One cannot be both Christian and National Socialist."
(b) "The National Socialists are making Germans the enemies of Christ."
(c) "Whoever knowingly separates himself from the Confessing Church in Germany separates himself from salvation."
(d) "Those who commit themselves to Hitler have removed themselves from the hope of salvation."
11. Why does Metaxas identify Bethge as an important figure for Bonhoeffer's legacy?
(a) Bethge would pick up Bonhoeffer's ministry after he was sent to prison.
(b) Bethge would keep very close contact with Bonhoeffer during his time in prison.
(c) Bonhoeffer would confide in Bethge about some of his bouts with depression.
(d) Bethge would preserve many of Bonhoeffer's writings and distribute them through the world.
12. How was Bonhoeffer defined by an ordainant from Finkewalde Seminary quoted by Metaxas?
(a) "For Bonhoeffer there was no compromise when it came to living out biblical truth."
(b) Bonhoeffer was, "...a man who believes in what he thinks and does what he believes in."
(c) Bonhoeffer was either fool-hardy or the bravest man I ever knew."
(d) Bonhoeffer was, "...a lightning rod for controversy and his persistent defiance of the government had him and his friends in constant turmoil."
13. What does Metaxas suggest that Bonhoeffer meant by "religionless Christianity"?
(a) Bonhoeffer felt that his turmoil in prison was proving all his devotion to God to be a sham and he came to the point of renouncing his religion.
(b) Bonhoeffer began to believe that the evils of the Nazis indicated that God was dead.
(c) Bonhoeffer was seeing that it was time to recognize God's authority over the whole world and stop keeping Him in religious corners that we reserve for Him.
(d) Bonhoeffer did not believe that the Nazis were going to be removed from Germany, so Christian churches would cease to exist and Christians were going to have to live out their faith.
14. How does Metaxas explain the Nuremberg laws affected the Jews?
(a) The Nuremberg laws socially isolated the Jews by forbidding non-Jews from socializing with them.
(b) The Nuremberg laws opened the floodgate of emigration of Jews out of Germany.
(c) The Nuremberg laws removed German citizenship from the Jews and made them subjects of the German government.
(d) The Nuremberg laws led directly to the Krystallnacht.
15. Why didn't the suicide plan involving Major Rudolf-Christoph von Gersdorff to kill Hitler with bombs hiding in Gersdorff's overcoat while Hitler attended a Hero's Memorial Day, according to Metaxas?
(a) Because Gersdorff lost his nerve.
(b) Because the Gestapo had discovered the plot and had Gersdorff arrested.
(c) Because Hitler cut his visit short before the bombs could detonate.
(d) Because the fuses to the bombs did not work.
Short Answer Questions
1. What action by Norwegian bishops in response to Vidkun Quisling's removal of Provost Fjellbu from a church leadership position does Metaxis report encouraged Bonhoeffer?
2. What speculation does Metaxas offer for the reason that the British government would not encourage German conspiracies to assassinate Hitler?
3. What does Metaxas claim to be Bonhoeffer's view of death?
4. What did Bonhoeffer claim to be the two main questions that young theologians brought to him in a letter to Karl Barth that was cited by Metaxas?
5. Who in the conspiracy against Hitler does Metaxas suggest was arrested before Bonhoeffer?
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