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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What element remains dominant in God through the end of 2 Samuel?
(a) His fatherly qualities.
(b) The Elohim element.
(c) His love.
(d) The Baalist element.

2. Who is the protagonist in the Tanakh?
(a) God.
(b) Abraham.
(c) Noah.
(d) Job.

3. How does God seem to be taking up ethical matters?
(a) He does not care about ethics.
(b) On a case-by-case basis.
(c) He has a strategic plan for dealing with ethical manners.
(d) In a zero-tolerance policy.

4. What does God become when Pharaoh legislates that all Israelite boys be killed at birth?
(a) For the second time he becomes a father.
(b) For the first time he becomes a warrior.
(c) For the second time he becomes a warrior.
(d) For the first time he becomes a father.

5. What are the three aspects of divine self-discovery?
(a) The "liberator," "friend of the family," and "lawgiver" identities.
(b) The "father," "lover," and "friend" identities.
(c) The "god," "leader," and "interpreter" identities.
(d) The "feared," "ferocious," and "fury" identities.

6. Why does God make the world?
(a) He wants friends.
(b) He wants someone to love.
(c) He wants humankind because he wants an image of himself.
(d) He wants family.

7. What book and chapters of the Tanakh relate a distinct second account of creation?
(a) Exodus 12-15
(b) Exodus 4-12
(c) Genesis 3-6
(d) Genesis 2:4-23.

8. What does God do as he creates the world and populates it with animals in five days?
(a) He ponders what to make.
(b) He talks to the angels.
(c) He decides what animals to create.
(d) He talks to himself.

9. What does the keynote, "The Image and the Original" provide?
(a) A critique of all the mistakes made by God.
(b) The rationale for a study of God as a complex literary character.
(c) A look into one side of God.
(d) A study of God as a simple and pure character.

10. What does humanity reflect?
(a) The beliefs of our ancestors.
(b) The sins and transgressions of those who have passed away.
(c) The free will the creator bestowed upon humanity.
(d) The multiplicity and unity of its creator.

11. How does God identify himself to Moses?
(a) As a whirlwind.
(b) As a burning bush.
(c) As the God of Man.
(d) As the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

12. On what is Western civilization built?
(a) That one race is superior above all others.
(b) That Americans are the best.
(c) That all men are created equal.
(d) The belief that God created humankind in His own image.

13. How does a fully-integrated Yahweh/Elohim God appear to Moses?
(a) In an apple.
(b) In a cloud.
(c) In a burning bush.
(d) In a whirlwind.

14. How is the Bible unique?
(a) It is the most important book that is in existence.
(b) It has been translated into hundreds of languages.
(c) It is read by people from many cultures.
(d) It is a translated classic, read by only a tiny minority in the original language.

15. What do both Jews and Christians concede without blasphemy?
(a) All religions are equal and true.
(b) The Bible is full of fictional tales.
(c) Both Judaism and Christianity are the true religions.
(d) The Bible may be appreciated as literature.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to God's plan of establishing a nation peacefully obedient to the detailed moral code he promulgated?

2. The Hebrew Bible shows no beginning or end to God, but what does the middle life show?

3. What does the author believe God's story deserves?

4. In the books of Kings what traits come to the fore?

5. How do critics and scholars differ?

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