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. Now that Eric is gone, what does Nicholas say there is in the world now, on page 33?

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

3. What does Nicholas say that a friend's tears are to his wounds?

4. What does Nicholas remember lifting Eric from when he was born?

5. On page 47, to what did memories lead Nicholas?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Eric's educational background?

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

3. Describe the liturgy used at Eric's funeral.

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

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

6. What did Nicholas and his family decide to do with Eric's things?

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

8. What gave Eric delight in his later years?

9. Why would Nicholas get angry with Eric?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how Christ's resurrection relates to death and suffering. Consider how Nicholas relates this to the suffering of man and death of man. What does Nicholas believe will happen to Eric's body at the end of time?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss why Nicholas chose a lamentation to express the pain he felt regarding Eric's death. Use examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Using examples from the book, discuss what Nicholas believes are the right and wrong ways to comfort those who are grieving. Look at different ways or methods of grieving and compare or contrast these with Nicholas' view.

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