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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. What does David do before the ark?
(a) He argues with God.
(b) He mourns his losses.
(c) He cries.
(d) He dances wildly and scantily clad.

2. What is understood and not concealed about God?
(a) His relationship with Ruth.
(b) His opinion of the Book of Esther.
(c) The set of inner contradictions in God.
(d) His influence on the Prophets.

3. What character eludes the baby killers, grows to manhood in Egypt, flees, and settles down as a shepherd?
(a) Isaac.
(b) Moses.
(c) Jacob.
(d) Elijah.

4. In the books of Kings what traits come to the fore?
(a) Baal's traits.
(b) Yah's traits.
(c) El's traits.
(d) Sab's traits.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Of what is there no indication?

3. Who is the protagonist in the Tanakh?

4. 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?

5. What story is told twice and is structurally the same, yet different in the details and mood?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Whose traits does one see in God in 2 Samuel?

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

5. On what and whose precept is GOD: A BIOGRAPHY written?

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

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

8. How are the two personalities of God different?

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

10. How do critics and scholars differ on their approach to literary characters?

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