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. Who was on the plane that Nicholas took to Europe?

2. Who did Nicholas meet with after he returned from Europe?

3. Who said tears would make "a pillow for my heart"?

4. When was the liturgy used at Eric's funeral composed?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Eric climb the mountain alone?

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

3. What was the dispute over the future direction of architecture?

4. How did the funeral help Nicholas' soul rest?

5. What was Eric's thesis to explore?

6. Why did Nicholas feel that it was a cruel mockery that Eric's backpack and boots were unscathed?

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

8. What did Eric look like in his coffin?

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

10. What gave Eric trouble in human relationships?

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 why Eric enjoyed climbing alone, using examples from the book to support your claim.

Essay Topic 3

Using examples from the book, discuss the regrets that Nicholas has regarding Eric and how he deals with his regrets.

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