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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Justin also wrote about the bravery and dignity of ____________ when they were put under terrible torture conditions.
(a) Priests.
(b) Soldiers.
(c) Children.
(d) Martyrs.

2. Authoritative Teaching rails against external acts of worship as making so-called Christians worse than the __________.
(a) Bishop.
(b) Pagans.
(c) Devil.
(d) Pope.

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

4. The young Christian woman named Blandina was able to withstand tremendous pain and torture, eventually being killed by being tossed in a net and exposed to ____________.
(a) Fire.
(b) The elements.
(c) A bull.
(d) A lake.

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

6. 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) Unrest.
(c) Vagary.
(d) Criminality.

7. The idea that united Gnostics, according to Pagels, seems to be that the path to God lay _____________.
(a) In the Scrolls.
(b) Only in faith in the clergy.
(c) In the Bible.
(d) Within man's own mind.

8. At one point, some monks were ordered to destroy _________ texts, along with other monastic brethren, though some were not.
(a) Blank.
(b) Confusing.
(c) Long.
(d) Heretical.

9. The Gnostics were not only attacked by __________, but also by those who advanced the name of Christ.
(a) Themselves.
(b) Jews.
(c) Pagans.
(d) Muslims.

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

11. The Church of the Gnostics was confined to the __________, the experiencers of God generally speaking.
(a) Followers.
(b) Knowers.
(c) Doers.
(d) Seekers.

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

13. Tertullian later spoke of joining a spiritual church for spiritual people, not a church for ___________.
(a) The lost.
(b) Bishops.
(c) Non-believers.
(d) Pagans.

14. In the works of the philosopher, Nietzsche, he speaks of Jesus as being the only true _____________.
(a) Lover.
(b) Christian.
(c) Believer.
(d) Gnostic.

15. There is even some suggestion in Gnostic texts that man himself creates the world of ___________, something radical even for the Gnostic beliefs.
(a) Man.
(b) God.
(c) Life.
(d) Pain.

Short Answer Questions

1. Justin speaks of a woman who was converted to Christianity by her teacher, ______________, and then she was a better person.

2. The advice of Jesus to Thomas was attractive to the ____________ as it indicated there was only a strict and narrow path to Heaven.

3. Who took a mediating position with the Christian Church, though they had internal problems as to how to view the orthodox?

4. When it came to discriminate as to the true Church, ______ pervaded even the sanctum of the orthodox.

5. Pagels wonders if true authority is only found when one takes a journey __________ on his own.

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