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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does the worst case of brutality in a brutal era take place?
(a) In Jerusalem.
(b) In the territory of Benjamin.
(c) In Budapest.
(d) In Canaan.

2. Why did the horrible destruction threatened in Deuteronomy 28 have to take place?
(a) God falsely accused the Israelites of breaking his rules but still wanted to get revenge.
(b) God could not stop the destruction.
(c) The Israelites deserved it.
(d) God did not want to make a fool of himself by endlessly granting Israel stays.

3. How does God tell Moses to clear Canaan of its natives?
(a) Run them out of town.
(b) Keep the women and children and kill the men.
(c) Genocidal ethnic cleansing.
(d) Marry them and force them to follow the God of Israel.

4. How is the Hebrew God different from those of Greek mythology?
(a) He creates a human that is also part god.
(b) He takes no action without thinking of man, has no "adventures," and has no divine companions.
(c) He has a wife.
(d) He is peaceful at all times.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is different about these two texts?

2. What is the Tanakh's one God's two strikingly distinct personalities?

3. Why is the God of Genesis frustrating?

4. What god is He compared to after his transformation?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are three ways in which God is different from the gods of Greek mythology?

2. How are the two personalities of God different?

3. What part of Abram/Abraham does God personally control?

4. By using foreign nations to punish his people, how is God opening the door to other nations?

5. How can one gain insight into the Western ideal of character without being Jewish or Christian?

6. How is God compared to modern actors and Don Quixote?

7. How is the Bible different from both saga and classical epic?

8. Under Joshua, what does Israel do?

9. How can God's inconsistent behavior be understood?

10. What does God invite readers to do, at which critics might scoff? Why?

(see the answer keys)

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