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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 a voice say when Nicholas becomes fearful in the dream he mentions on page 50?
(a) Be still.
(b) Don't worry.
(c) Have faith.
(d) Don't fear.

2. Who wrote a book that angered Nicholas?
(a) A father whose son died in a skiing accident.
(b) A father whose son died in a mountaineering accident.
(c) A mother whose son died in a boating accident.
(d) A mother whose son died in an industrial accident.

3. What author, in writing about the death of his wife was plainly angry with God?
(a) John Piper.
(b) Oswald Sanders.
(c) C. S. Lewis.
(d) Watchman Nee.

4. What is a soul that pants for God compared to in a scripture passage that Nicholas quotes on page 71?
(a) A person lost in the desert wanting a drink.
(b) A boy mowing the lawn on a hot day.
(c) A runner desperate for a drink of water.
(d) A deer panting for streams of water.

5. Who said, "Truly, you are a God who hides yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior"?
(a) Isaiah.
(b) Hosea.
(c) Micah.
(d) Jeremiah.

Short Answer Questions

1. What music of Brahms does Nicholas try to play?

2. How do the Biblical writers describe mankind?

3. What was Nicholas watching when the thought overwhelmed him that he did not understand suffering?

4. What does Nicholas almost not dare to say that Eric will miss because he has died?

5. What types of days can Nicholas, on page 61, say he can manage?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Section 8, what is said about what it means to be human?

2. Why didn't Nicholas plunge back into his work?

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

4. In what respects does man mirror God?

5. What is Nicholas convinced of when he reads the New Testament?

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

7. What metaphor does Nicholas use to explain faith?

8. Why did the ordinariness bother Nicholas when he walked into a store?

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

10. What has Nicholas become in the world since Eric's death?

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