Lament for a Son Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nicholas Wolterstorff
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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. How many of Eric's friends did Nicholas meet when he went to Eric's apartment?

2. How old was Eric when he nearly died because he would not admit that he could not swim?

3. In the dispute over the future direction of architecture, what styles did the winners of the debate promote?

4. What are some people gifted with when someone is suffering?

5. For how many seconds did Nicholas feel the peace of resignation after learning of Eric's death?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Nicholas say that the family took Eric for granted?

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

3. What gave Eric trouble in human relationships?

4. In what way does the world look different to Nicholas after his son's death?

5. What was Eric's educational background?

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

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

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

9. What sacrament was celebrated at Eric's funeral?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Argue whether Nicholas does or does not stop believing in God because of Eric's death. Use examples from the book to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how and why Nicholas explains that man is a reflection of God, using examples from "A Lament for a Son."

Essay Topic 3

Using examples from "Lament for a Son," discuss how Nicholas believes the family can live faithfully and authentically now that Eric is gone.

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