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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What can one gain from examining the Bible as a literary biography of God?
(a) Once can learn the truths of the Bible and convert.
(b) One can become closer to God and his infinite wisdom and strength.
(c) Understanding of how perfect God is.
(d) Insight into the Western ideal of character without having to subscribe to the religious trappings of Judaism or Christianity.

2. How does God come to understand that he wants to limit and channel the gift of procreation?
(a) Through man.
(b) Through his thoughts.
(c) After Adam takes a bite from the apple.
(d) After creating the earth.

3. What is discovered early in the Book of Judges?
(a) The Benjaminites are all eliminated.
(b) The Benjaminites are overpopulating the planet.
(c) The Canaanites are their friends.
(d) Not all the Canaanites are eliminated.

4. What is the order of the Jewish text?
(a) Speech to action to silence.
(b) Silence to Action to speech.
(c) Action to silence to speech.
(d) Action to speech to silence.

5. Before moving on to the Book of Exodus, what does Miles do?
(a) He writes his own creation story.
(b) He pauses to take stock of what in literary terms makes the unified God of Genesis godlike and different.
(c) He rebukes the Flood story.
(d) He reviews and critiques the Book of Genesis.

6. What is a "theography?"
(a) A study of theologian biographies.
(b) A study comparing theology to biographies.
(c) A study independent of both theology and biography.
(d) A study of Theo the Great.

7. Why does the author use the Jewish canon, or Tanakh, for study?
(a) The author is Jewish.
(b) It is in the original form.
(c) It is in contrast to the Christian format.
(d) It more clearly shows God's progression from action to words to silence and facilitates in following God's "career."

8. Believers adore God as the origin of what?
(a) All animals.
(b) The human species.
(c) The cosmos.
(d) All virtue.

9. At the end of which character's spectacularly successful career does he deliver his final speech in Shechem, and Israel responds at a pitch of enthusiasm never again reached?
(a) Jesus.
(b) Isaiah.
(c) Joshua.
(d) Joseph.

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

11. After the man and woman are punished, what perpetual punishments are hard and painful?
(a) Exercising and working.
(b) Childbearing and earning a living.
(c) Cleaning and cooking.
(d) Raising children and housework.

12. Who and what does this book reference?
(a) Peter Voulkos, Jon Balestreri, the Sacred Scrolls, and music.
(b) Cervantes, Neil Simon, Oscar Wilde, the Qu'ran, and music.
(c) Neil Simon, Oscar Wilde, Louisa May Alcott, Buddhism, and art.
(d) Cervantes, Joan of Arc, the Arc of the Convenant, and art.

13. What is the purpose of the second interlude, "Does God Fail?"
(a) It interviews various religious authorities on their opinions on whether God has failed them.
(b) It performs a status check on how god has been characterized in the first eleven primarily historical books of the Tanakh, before turning to the prophets and other literary forms.
(c) It gives proof of God's successes.
(d) It criticises God for all his failures.

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

15. What is the unifying principle of the Tanakh?
(a) God's love of humankind.
(b) God's fight with the devil.
(c) God' love for himself.
(d) God's war with himself.

Short Answer Questions

1. By the time Exodus begins, what has happened to Abraham's descendants?

2. What is another name for the Ten Commandments?

3. What does God do as he creates the world and populates it with animals in five days?

4. When did God appear more wild and thunderous than any time before?

5. What do the Biblical writers do?

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