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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Heschel explains that some think the prophets may have been victims of what?
(a) Illusions.
(b) Religious fervor.
(c) Mental abnormalities.
(d) Hallucinations.

2. One theory for prophets and their inspiration is that they had madness in them that led to what?
(a) A psychic ability.
(b) The desire to be great.
(c) The belief that they had a job to do.
(d) The belief that God talked to them.

3. According to Heschel, the prophetic act takes place when the prophet is aware of what?
(a) The source of his inspiration is God.
(b) The lack of knowledge about who is the source of his inspiration.
(c) The belief that something is happening to him.
(d) The lack of complete consciousness.

4. When did Heschel examine the state of mind of the prophets with respect to the theory of ecstasy?
(a) When they were receiving the words of God.
(b) When they were speaking.
(c) When they were praying.
(d) When they were prophesying.

5. When the pathos of God is upon a prophet what happens?
(a) He becomes compassionate.
(b) He becomes apathetic.
(c) He becomes overwhelmed.
(d) He becomes angry.

Short Answer Questions

1. Heschel points out that God's wrath is what?

2. From what civilization do we get the legacy that great poetry comes into being through madness?

3. God's anger is great and to be feared, but God is also what?

4. Who declared ecstasy to be a definitive mark of a prophet?

5. In what religion do you do away with all feeling and obtain a type of peace?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of ecstasy, as explained by Heschel?

2. How does Heschel describe the concerns of the prophets?

3. How does Heschel describe God?

4. What is Democritus's view of poets and divine inspiration?

5. What was Spinoza's idea about the prophets and does Heschel agree?

6. Describe one theory that Heschel discusses regarding prophets and their revelations from God.

7. To what does Heschel compare the descriptions of prophecy?

8. Why does Heschel call indifference evil?

9. Describe one theory of the state of mind of the prophets at the time they were receiving the words of God.

10. Do all scholars agree with Philo's view of ecstasy and the prophets?

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