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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. When J.B. and Sarah are arguing over whether God's blessings are earned or simply given, what happens to interrupt them?

2. Whose story do Mr. Nickles and Mr. Zuss portray on the stage?

3. How many meanings does an allegorical story have?

4. The argument of the play is that the only way to live and transcend suffering is through what?

5. Sarah sings a song to the children that wonders what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Zuss and Nickles become instruments of at the end of Scene 7?

2. How does J.B. view his luck at his Thanksgiving dinner?

3. What is the story of Job about?

4. When the maids bring out the food, what do the children and J.B. say?

5. How does Sarah suggest that she and J.B. see into the darkness on the other side of the door?

6. What do the blossoms on Sarah's twig at the end of the play represent?

7. When J.B. says that he called God, not the Three Comforters, what is their answer?

8. Who is Mr. Nickles?

9. How do the states of faith and fear represent the traditional state of mankind?

10. What does Nickles think about Zuss' line, "His will, our peace?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In this play, what is the relationship between faith and fear? Cite specific examples from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Zuss and Nickles' positions on God, suffering, and faith. Cite specific examples to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss whether the existence of God is beyond debate for the characters. Compare and contrast at least three different character's views on the issue, and use examples from the play to support your answers.

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