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Nicholas Wolterstorff
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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. When it comes to grief, what people need to be corrected eventually and gently?
(a) People who can no longer love.
(b) People who have no faith.
(c) People who have become embittered.
(d) People who believe things are more awful than they really are.

2. How old does Nicholas think Eric might have been in a photo that shows him holding a fish longer than he was?
(a) 5.
(b) 6.
(c) 7.
(d) 4.

3. What is one of the profoundest features of the Christian and Jewish way of being-in-the-world and being-in-history?
(a) Faith.
(b) Hope.
(c) Remembering.
(d) Love.

4. On page 30, what does Nicholas say was found in Eric's apartment?
(a) Lists of things Eric was planning to do.
(b) Cards Eric had meant to mail to friends.
(c) Old climbing equipment.
(d) Presents Eric had bought for his family.

5. Who did Nicholas meet with after he returned from Europe?
(a) His pastor.
(b) His family.
(c) A co-worker.
(d) A friend.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Nicholas say that he had to fly across to retrieve Eric's body?

2. What type of trees were releasing their seeds when Eric was laid to rest?

3. What did Eric spend much of one summer helping to rebuild?

4. Where was there a furious dispute over the future direction of architecture?

5. What became Eric's major?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nicholas say should be said or done with someone who is suffering?

2. Why does Nicholas say that Eric's body was his to claim?

3. How does Nicholas say that he and the family can live as faithfully and authentically with Eric gone as they did when he was present?

4. What would Nicholas do if the clock could be turned back?

5. What was the history behind the liturgy that was used at Eric's funeral?

6. What things remind Nicholas that Eric is gone?

7. What does Nicholas say it is to be human?

8. Why is it necessary for some to see the body of the one who died?

9. What does Nicholas conclude when he asks himself if it matters that Eric's thesis was never finished?

10. What was Eric's thesis to explore?

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