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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What story is told twice and is structurally the same, yet different in the details and mood?
(a) The Burning Bush story.
(b) The Flood story.
(c) The Exodus story.
(d) The Pharoah story.

2. What god is He compared to after his transformation?
(a) Baal.
(b) Bathseba.
(c) Mab.
(d) Buddha.

3. What do the Biblical writers do?
(a) They criticize God.
(b) They testify about God.
(c) They criticize the Israelites.
(d) They ramble on about stories from the past.

4. What does God not do as he is creating the world and animals?
(a) He does not talk about himself or his motivation for the sudden action.
(b) He does not feel confident in his creations.
(c) He does not create light.
(d) He does not make all the animals.

5. What Jewish and Christian texts cover the same material?
(a) The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Old Testament.
(b) The Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.
(c) The Hebrew Bible and the Old Testament.
(d) The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament.

6. By the time Exodus begins, what has happened to Abraham's descendants?
(a) They are almost extinct.
(b) They have moved to Europe.
(c) They have become innumerable, to the point they are a threat to Egypt.
(d) They are at war with one another.

7. What is different about these two texts?
(a) They have different subject matter.
(b) They are in different orders.
(c) They have varying beliefs.
(d) They are from two different cultures.

8. Of what is there no indication?
(a) That He wants an image of himself.
(b) That He makes the earth.
(c) That He makes insects.
(d) That He wants a servant, lover, or worshiper.

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

10. What is another name for the Ten Commandments?
(a) The Decalogue.
(b) The Ten Laws.
(c) The Stone Tablet.
(d) God's Rules.

11. God commissions a reluctant Moses to return to lead his people out of Egypt. How does God reply when Moses asks his name?
(a) I AM WHO I AM.

12. To what literary character does the author compare God?
(a) Caesar.
(b) Don Quixote.
(c) Juliette.
(d) Jo March.

13. How is God's interaction with Moses different from that with Abraham?
(a) He refrains from intervening in Abraham's war but will use his might to assist Moses againt Pharaoh.
(b) He is more of a father figure to Moses.
(c) He is kinder to Moses than Abraham.
(d) He less involved in Moses' life than Abraham's.

14. What do these references do?
(a) They make the book more confusing for those who do not know the sources.
(b) They enrich the experience for those who grasp comparison, but do not demand look-up for those who do not.
(c) They encourage readers to learn more about what is referenced.
(d) They do not add to the biography of God.

15. What is unimportant in Genesis 1, but becomes a matter of shame in Genesis 2?
(a) The man and woman being different.
(b) The apple.
(c) The snake in the garden.
(d) The couple's nakedness.

Short Answer Questions

1. What character eludes the baby killers, grows to manhood in Egypt, flees, and settles down as a shepherd?

2. How long does Moses spend on Mt. Sinai?

3. What is the problem with enforcing morality in either polytheism or monotheism?

4. What are the traits that come to the fore?

5. Where does the worst case of brutality in a brutal era take place?

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