God: A Biography Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jack Miles
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the author use the Jewish canon, or Tanakh, for study?

2. How is God's interaction with Moses different from that with Abraham?

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

4. How does God come to understand that he wants to limit and channel the gift of procreation?

5. Before moving on to the Book of Exodus, what does Miles do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Under Joshua, what does Israel do?

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

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

4. In Gen. 4-11, how does God the Destroyer feel toward human beings?

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

6. What are two firsts mentioned near the beginning of the chapter?

7. How is Elijah's "death" different from those of Jacob, Moses, Joshua, and David?

8. Describe the god Baal.

9. What are the "Deuteronomistic History?"

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Surprisingly after the bloody Exodus, what is decreed about foreigners? Why? How is this different than what one would expect?

Essay Topic 2

There are many firsts that occur between Moses and God.

Part 1) How does God appear to Moses? How does God identify himself?

Part 2) What/whose behavior does God begin exhibiting?

Part 3) Why do you think God's behavior has changed?

Essay Topic 3

Why does God strike up a deal with Satan? How does the Book of Job examine the dark side of God? How does God's biography differ from traditional fables?

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