Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

Burton L. Mack
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 1: Clashing Cultures.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Mack claim about the authors of the sections in the New Testament?
(a) They were uneducated militants, rebelling against the Church.
(b) They are not the people each section is attributed to.
(c) They are the people each section is attributed to.
(d) They were descendants of Jesus.

2. Why does Mack think putting aside conventional ideas of the origins of Christianity is difficult for some?
(a) Christians have an investment in the idea that the New Testament is a collection of myths.
(b) Christians have an investment in the idea that the Church is infallible.
(c) Christians have an investment in the idea that the New Testament is true.
(d) Christians have an investment in the idea that the Old Testament is true.

3. What is an epic according to Mack?
(a) A look at the past to discover previous laws.
(b) A rehearsal of the past that puts the present in its light.
(c) A hope for a brighter future.
(d) An examination of the past to reveal public policy.

4. What are the two activities Mack gives credit to in terms of the creation of Christian beliefs?
(a) Social conflict and experimentation.
(b) Apocalyptic preaching and fantasy.
(c) Social formation and mythmaking.
(d) Social disintegration and intellectual stimulus.

5. Where did Rome place its power in the second and first centuries?
(a) In its priests.
(b) In its field commanders.
(c) In its laborers.
(d) In its politicians.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two systems helped define the temple-state?

2. What role did women play in associations?

3. Why were issues such as homosexuality a source of cultural conflict?

4. What does Mack note causes some of the differences between the stories of the New Testament?

5. Why does Mack believe the stories in the New Testament were chosen to be included?

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