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. Where is it written "Why do you permit yourself to suffer, O God? If the death of the devout costs you dear, why do you permit it?"

2. On page 87, what does Nicholas say that God wanted to experience with man because of his great love for mankind?

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

4. When Nicholas reads the New Testament, of what fact is he convinced?

5. Who wrote "God too is pained by death, more even than you and I are; but there's nothing much he can do about it"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Job's friends tell him was the reason he lost his children?

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

3. Why does Nicholas think the death of a child is so painful?

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

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

6. Does Nicholas believe that God reveals himself?

7. How does Nicholas explain why suffering happens?

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

9. How is what the Stoics said different from what Jesus said about mourning?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast what Jesus and what the Stoics felt about mourning, as explained in this book. Use examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Explain what Nicholas believe it means to be human, using examples from the book to support your position. You may also read the texts or passages referenced by Nicholas.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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