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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. To have an authentic life, whom must one become more like?
(a) Jesus Christ.
(b) One of the sorrowing.
(c) God.
(d) A little child.

2. Who does Nicholas say is the man of sorrows?
(a) Isaiah.
(b) Jesus Christ.
(c) Jeremiah.
(d) God Himself.

3. In the book that angered Nicholas, what passage of the Bible does the author mention was read in church the Sunday before the death of a man's son?
(a) Lamentations 3.
(b) Psalm 18.
(c) Proverbs 15.
(d) John 14.

4. When did Nicholas think he heard Eric call, "Hey Dad, I'm back."
(a) When he was moving Eric's belongings.
(b) When he was in the backyard.
(c) When he walked by a ball diamond.
(d) When he was jogging.

5. On page 60, Nicholas speaks of an image that haunts him. Where is he standing in this image?
(a) On a battlefield.
(b) On a sinking ship.
(c) On an airplane.
(d) On a football field.

Short Answer Questions

1. On page 61, in what type of land does Nicholas find it difficult to sing?

2. Who said these words, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted"?

3. What does the Christian gospel focus on telling Christians?

4. On page 87, what does Nicholas say that God wanted to experience with man because of his great love for mankind?

5. What will happen to him who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Nicholas think the death of a child is so painful?

2. What types of days can Nicholas manage?

3. What will Nicholas do with the regrets he has regarding Eric?

4. How is what the Stoics said different from what Jesus said about mourning?

5. What will Nicholas do rather than turn away from death?

6. What would Nicholas give for the changes in his character since Eric died?

7. What metaphor does Nicholas use to explain faith?

8. Is Nicholas angry at God because of Eric's death?

9. Why does Nicholas say that his loss is Eric's as well?

10. How does Nicholas explain why suffering happens?

(see the answer keys)

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