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Burton L. Mack
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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. What does Mack claim both Marcion and Valentinus offered?
(a) A revised way to view God.
(b) A new way to view God.
(c) A way to avoid God.
(d) An ancient way to view God.

2. What does the Didache contain?
(a) The Commandments.
(b) The Gospel of Thomas.
(c) Instructions for congregations.
(d) Sayings of Jesus.

3. What does Mack argue is the point of Paul's letters to Timothy and Titus?
(a) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of Jesus.
(b) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of the Romans.
(c) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of the overseer.
(d) For people to follow the gospel and the instructions of God.

4. What did Justin argue to the Romans about Christianity?
(a) That it actually helped them.
(b) That it was better than Judaism.
(c) That it hurt their government.
(d) That all Christians should be exiled.

5. What was the shift in mythmaking, according to Mack, that occurred at the turn of the second century?
(a) Christians began to associate gospels with disciples.
(b) Christians began to leave behind the gospels.
(c) Christians began to disassociate from John.
(d) Christians began to attribute more writings to Jesus himself.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the first act in Valentinus' cosmic drama?

2. What does the gospel of Matthew argue Jesus' teachings were based on?

3. How did early Christians think of their world?

4. Where did Justin claim the Greek philosophers received their wisdom?

5. What list became the Christian Bible?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Matthew's depiction of Jesus.

2. What are the standard writing conventions used in the Acts of the Apostles?

3. What two values are integrated in the Letters of Ignatius, and what is the result?

4. What are the three themes that dominate the story of Jesus and his resurrection in the Gospel of Luke?

5. What two strong desires drove Christianity?

6. What was Valentinus' story of the tragedy of the birth of the world?

7. What is Mack's argument about why John wrote Revelations?

8. What does Mack say about the "overwhelming concern" in the Didache about the practice of alms, gift giving, and supporting those who ask for hand outs?

9. What evidence does Mack put forth that the attempts to move into mainstream Christianity worked?

10. How does the Gospel of John differ from that of Mark?

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