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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) Truth.
(c) Man.
(d) Christ.

2. When it came to discriminate as to the true Church, ______ pervaded even the sanctum of the orthodox.
(a) Inequality.
(b) Greed.
(c) Terror.
(d) Irony.

3. A Gnostic author speaks of a baptism of _________ rather than a baptism of water.
(a) Family.
(b) Honor.
(c) Truth.
(d) Faith.

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) A bull.
(b) A lake.
(c) Fire.
(d) The elements.

5. Pagels wonders if true authority is only found when one takes a journey __________ on his own.
(a) Inward.
(b) Of faith.
(c) To a teacher.
(d) Upward.

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

7. One argument against the orthodox is that Christians refuse to truly seek God who can only be found in the fulfillment of the _________.
(a) Gnosis.
(b) Pulpit.
(c) Commandments.
(d) Bible.

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

9. To the Gnostics, the body of the orthodox church, the mass of _________ believers was outside of the true Church.
(a) Faithful.
(b) Committed.
(c) Dumb.
(d) True.

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

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

12. In the Gospel of Truth, there is a passage called the ____________ parable in which it's said that man acts as if he were sunk in sleep.
(a) Nightmare.
(b) Demon.
(c) Witness.
(d) Truth.

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

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

15. The Valentians speak of ___________ giving birth to the world out of their own suffering.
(a) Earth.
(b) Truth.
(c) Wisdom.
(d) God.

Short Answer Questions

1. At one point, some monks were ordered to destroy _________ texts, along with other monastic brethren, though some were not.

2. The idea that united Gnostics, according to Pagels, seems to be that the path to God lay _____________.

3. The laughing Jesus implies a separation between the physical and the spiritual Jesus and casts doubt on the traditional concept of the ________.

4. The structure of the Church remained in tact for many hundreds of years, surviving even the harsh winds of the _______________.

5. What is another thing the many criteria did for the orthodox church? It consolidated ______________.

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