Lament for a Son Test | Final 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. To have an authentic life, whom must one become more like?

2. What does every act of evil extract from God?

3. What were people putting into baskets when Nicholas walked into a store?

4. In one respect, how does man mirror God?

5. What part of God is never seen?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Nicholas say God suffers?

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

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

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

7. What are the worst days for Nicholas now that Eric is gone?

8. Why do innocent questions make Nicholas wince?

9. In what respects does man mirror God?

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

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the benefits of suffering, using examples from the book.

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