The Prophets Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What attitude does Heschel take to other points of view that he uses in his book?

2. Heschel admits that pathos is both a paradox and what?

3. Who said that what a poet writes is beautiful, if it is written with enthusiasm and divine inspiration?

4. When talking about the inspiration for poetry, who says "One does not ask who gives."

5. To what does Heschel compare the words of the prophet?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Heschel think it is hard for people to understand the wrath of God?

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

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

5. Why does Heschel say Karma is opposed to prophetic thinking?

6. What is ecstasy?

7. What is one difference between apathy and pathos, as explained by Heschel?

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

9. Why does Heschel call indifference evil?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the social issues that the prophets were addressing. What were the issues? Be sure to link specific social issues to specific prophets. What did the prophets have to say about these social issues? Did the prophets address the social issues in the same way?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss at least three prophets that are not Old Testament prophets. How do they compare/contrast to the Old Testament prophets?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss ecstasy and its relation to prophecy. Include a definition of ecstasy, Heschel's view and at least two other viewpoints. *

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