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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is an apocalypse?
(a) A cryptic revelation of imminent destruction.
(b) A dance performed in ancient Egypt.
(c) A prayer of mourning.
(d) A tropical fruit.

2. After the Babylonians are defeated by the Persians, what do the Judeans begin to be called?
(a) Israelites.
(b) Judes.
(c) Jews.
(d) Persians.

3. What book of the Bible has long been a favorite in literary circles?
(a) Mark.
(b) John.
(c) Matthew.
(d) Job.

4. In the Book of Job, from whom does God take a bet?
(a) Yahweh.
(b) Job.
(c) Elohim.
(d) Satan.

5. How will prophecy be examined in this book?
(a) As the self-characterization of God in a non-narrative form.
(b) As an explanation of the origins of God.
(c) As the historical evidence of God in narrative form.
(d) As the aspects of God in narrative form.

6. What happens to most of the men in the Book of Ruth?
(a) They are in power.
(b) They die.
(c) They abuse women.
(d) They are weak.

7. What is the suggestion for why God did not dispense with Job rather than argue with him?
(a) He does not kill his own people.
(b) He knows Job is in the right.
(c) He loves Job.
(d) He felt regret for his actions.

8. Is God just in the Book of Job?
(a) No, he never claims to be just, only to be almighty.
(b) No, he does not love Job enough to be just.
(c) Yes, Job made a mistake and deserves punishment.
(d) Yes, he is always a just God.

9. Why does Haman want the Jews annihilated?
(a) Mordecai, a Jew, offends him.
(b) He does not like the king's wife.
(c) He has an obsession with murder.
(d) He fears the Jews.

10. What follows the apocalypse?
(a) A definitive divine intervention at the end of time.
(b) A feast.
(c) A crowd of enthusiasts.
(d) A casket.

11. What part of God is impulsive?
(a) Mot.
(b) El.
(c) Yah.
(d) John.

12. What do the last three Minor Prophets give God?
(a) A promise to spread his word.
(b) A gift.
(c) An oath to be loyal.
(d) A last chance to express himself directly.

13. Why does the Tanakh begin with its climax and descend from there?
(a) The Jews want to capture the attention of the reader, so by placing the climax at the beginning, it attracts and keeps the reader's attention.
(b) God is excited about his creation and grows more and more disinterested as time goes by.
(c) Confidence at the time of creation seems to blind God to the consequences of his actions, and he grows quieter the better he comes to understand the course of history.
(d) This is the traditional middle eastern form of story telling.

14. What does Psalm 2 do nothing short but envision?
(a) An apocalypse.
(b) A world empire led by God's anointed king/messiah.
(c) A war zone.
(d) A peaceful world.

15. What does Job choose over God?
(a) Justice.
(b) Money.
(c) Love.
(d) Revenge.

Short Answer Questions

1. For what do the last three Minor Prophets set the stage?

2. What is inherently unstable in God?

3. How is Job like Abraham?

4. What are the earlier Hebrews careful not to do, although their neighbors would have done this?

5. The Book of Job is the Tanakh's most conscious confrontation with what side of God?

(see the answer keys)

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