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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. J.B. sings a song that says, "To be, become, and end are all _____."
(a) Beautiful.
(b) Angelic.
(c) Natural.
(d) Honorable.

2. How does Mr. Nickles describe Job's situation?
(a) Hideous.
(b) Eventful.
(c) Scary.
(d) Ridiculous.

3. J.B.'s song at the end of Scene 1represents what?
(a) The mood of the play.
(b) The tone of the play.
(c) The motive of the play.
(d) The theme of the play.

4. When Zuss and Nickles are arguing about the role of suffering in J.B.'s life, they are ______ to the story of Job in the Bible.
(a) Alluding.
(b) Citing.
(c) Sympathizing.
(d) Colluding.

5. What does Nickles want to do when he climbs down the ladder?
(a) Help J.B. understand what is occurring.
(b) Help Sarah understand what is occurring.
(c) Laugh at J.B. and his faith.
(d) Laugh at Sarah and her faith.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many children do J.B. and Sarah have?

2. What are Zuss and Nickles holding while they watch Sarah and J.B. realize their son is dead?

3. Existentialism says that the sum total of existence is what human beings _______.

4. Sarah says that you cannot take God's blessings as a gift, but that God is owed _______ in return.

5. J.B. refers to the regularity of morning and spring to show that God can be what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Nickles say that J.B. would never be willing to take his life back?

2. What thematic statement is made by the actions in Scene 10?

3. Why does Sarah protest J.B.'s thoughts that God doesn't punish without cause?

4. Why does Zuss think that nothing would influence the way J.B. acts, and that certainly being poor will not influence him?

5. How do the young girl and women describe the Three Comforters?

6. At the end of Scene 2, what do Zuss and Nickles do?

7. How do the soldiers suggest that David is dead?

8. What is similar about the argument at the end of Scene 7 between Zuss and Nickles to other arguments in the play?

9. How does Sarah compare J.B. and the children's views of blessings?

10. Describe the Satan-mask and the God-mask.

(see the answer keys)

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