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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Both the Gnostics and the orthodox, according to Blake, see Jesus as a false __________ in the history of man.
(a) Goal.
(b) Christ.
(c) Man.
(d) Truth.

2. The Gnostic author had nothing but contempt for a congregation of seekers that sought to avoid the firm citadel of Christan ___________.
(a) Communion.
(b) Blasphemy.
(c) Confession.
(d) Crucifixion.

3. Justin was a philosopher who wrote to the Emperor protesting the treatment of a __________________.
(a) Christian woman.
(b) Whore.
(c) Disciple of Jesus.
(d) Christian man.

4. Hippolytus accused the Bishop of Rome of ___________, claiming that he was treated like a common criminal and not as a Christian martyr.
(a) Paganism.
(b) Criminality.
(c) Vagary.
(d) Unrest.

5. The Roman Empire believed that the Christian followers saw their many pagan gods as _______________.
(a) Helpers.
(b) Demonic.
(c) Truth.
(d) Lesser beings.

6. Pagels is quick to point out that this book is not an argument for _______________, but a call to learning more.
(a) Religion.
(b) Gnosticism.
(c) A right answer.
(d) Orthodoxy.

7. The orthodox interpret the crucifixion as a matter demanding extreme ______________, contrary to other accounts.
(a) Humiliation.
(b) Happiness.
(c) Serenity.
(d) Suffering.

8. In the Gospel of Thomas, _________ speaks of a light within man that can light up the whole world.
(a) Jesus.
(b) Peter.
(c) Thomas.
(d) God.

9. The writings of Peter state that the Gnostics believed the orthodox church was an/a ____________ church which claims exclusive legitimacy.
(a) Ruthless.
(b) Idiotic.
(c) Honorable.
(d) Imitation.

10. The Gnostic focus was on ___________ which was thought to be psychological or emotional in nature.
(a) Faith.
(b) Suffering.
(c) Learning.
(d) Strength.

11. Pagels makes a reader question: Is the Kingdom of God more truly __________________?
(a) Vague than concrete.
(b) Within than without.
(c) Dark than light.
(d) Something not to be understood.

12. The Christian, as a result of learning about Gnosticism might ask what the true source of _____________ is in the Church.
(a) Faith.
(b) Authority.
(c) Enlightenment.
(d) Truth.

13. Pagels wonders if it was the __________ function of the Church which allowed it to be kept alive for so many years.
(a) Social.
(b) Sacrament.
(c) Punishment.
(d) Guilt.

14. The Roman Empire realized that Christianity was a sect which followed a man accused of ___________ and of magic.
(a) Treason.
(b) Honor.
(c) Lunacy.
(d) Blasphemy.

15. Pagels points out that it was not the orthodox church's agenda to eliminate all ____________ from the church.
(a) Controversy.
(b) Pulpits.
(c) Pagans.
(d) Christians.

Short Answer Questions

1. The meaning of the actual _____________ has created great controversy among scholars and in the world.

2. The Gnostics were not only attacked by __________, but also by those who advanced the name of Christ.

3. To the Gnostics, the body of the orthodox church, the mass of _________ believers was outside of the true Church.

4. Citizens were _____________ immediately, but those who were non-citizens were tortured in public stadiums.

5. One argument against the orthodox is that Christians refuse to truly seek God who can only be found in the fulfillment of the _________.

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