Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Eric Metaxas
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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. Why does Metaxas claim Bonhoeffer became a soldier?

2. What does Metaxas claim to be the priority of the congregations that Bonhoeffer led in London?

3. What was the objective that Bonhoeffer put to the attendees of the youth conference that began the ecumenical conference at Fano?

4. What observation on prayer, cited by Metaxas, that Bonhoeffer made after observing prostitutes attending a Catholic Mass at Sacre Coeur?

5. What does Metaxas report to be the subject of Bonhoeffer's first sermon in Barcelona?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what was Bonhoeffer's maternal great-grandfather, Karl August von Hase, well known according to Metaxas?

2. What does Metaxas claim to be Bonhoeffer's goal in writing the Bethel Confession?

3. According to Metaxas, why was Reformation Sunday an important celebration for churches in Germany?

4. Why does Metaxas lament Martin Luther's late-in-life anti-Semitic comments?

5. How does Metaxas suggest Bonhoeffer's relationships outside of Germany affected his view of the church?

6. What important church leader does Metaxas report to have come into Bonhoeffer's life while he was involved in his ministry in London?

7. How does Metaxas paraphrase Martin Luther to explain that faith in the Gospel affects individual lives?

8. What does Metaxas report to be the "Night of the Long Knives"?

9. What does Metaxas write to be the significance of the Nazi's burning the books of Erich Remarque?

10. What event during Bonhoeffer's trip to Rome does Metaxas suggest to have begun developing Bonhoeffer's understanding of the concept of "church"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Bonhoeffer returned to Berlin after his year in Barcelona and another year in America, he found the Nazis were asserting themselves over every aspect of the German culture. Examine the book for reasons that Hitler and the Nazis became so appealing to Germany. Identify some of the difficulties that came to Germany due to the Treaty of Versailles as they are detailed in the book and even from sources outside of the book. Use these to help to explain Hitler's rise to power.

Essay Topic 2

Think of yourself as being in the role of a church leader in Nazi Germany in 1934. You are being pressured by the government to accept various intrusions into your church, such as making your youth department part of the Hitler Youth, and taking loyalty oaths to the Nazi Party. Write how you would plan to respond and what steps you would take to prepare your church for your decision, then write the message you would deliver to your congregation telling them of your decision and informing them of the first steps they will need to take so you can lead your church toward where you feel it needs to go.

Essay Topic 3

Detail the political challenges that faced Hitler in the fall of 1937 as he began preparing his agenda for territorial expansion and wars. Identify who could have confronted Hitler and had him removed from his office, the political tools those individual had, and what sort of mechanisms could have been used to accomplish the task. What are the risks that faced those who would have taken such actions?

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