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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. What does Nicholas say that a friend's tears are to his wounds?
(a) Love.
(b) Salt.
(c) Kindness.
(d) Salve.

2. What does Nicholas say withers and what remains?
(a) The flower withers and the effects remain.
(b) The fruit withers and the seeds remain.
(c) The body withers and its belongings remain.
(d) The grass withers and the weeds remain.

3. Who was on the plane that Nicholas took to Europe?
(a) Youths going to Europe for the first time.
(b) A boisterous tour group.
(c) Families with small children.
(d) Businessmen who were drinking heavily.

4. What does Nicholas say that a friend's silence is to his wounds?
(a) Love.
(b) Salt.
(c) Lotion.
(d) Comfort.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which author in the Bible wrote that someone who dies is like a cloud that vanishes?

2. Who told Eric's friends that he had died?

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

4. Of all of the things to do when comforting someone who is in pain because of grief, what is the greatest thing to do?

5. When death is seen as a slicing of what God declared to be, then what is death?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nicholas not want to hear as he grieves?

2. How did Nicholas feel at the graveside?

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

4. When was Eric born and when did he die?

5. What gave Eric delight in his later years?

6. What was Eric's educational background?

7. How did Nicholas learn that his son died?

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

9. What does Nicholas believe would be insipid?

10. Why is there a hole in Nicholas' world after Eric's death?

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