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Review Quiz

  1. Most scholars believe that Paul's first letter was _____.
      a. Philippians
      b. 1 Thessalonians
      c. 2 Thessalonians
      d. Romans
  2. Paul's primary reason for writing 1 Thessalonians was _____.
      a. to chastise the Thessalonians for ethical misconduct
      b. to clarify the meaning of the Eucharist
      c. to renew his friendship with the church
      d. to praise their missionary efforts
  3. Paul's missions were typically located in _____.
      a. large urban areas
      b. rural villages
      c. synagogues
      d. outside the Roman Empire
  4. The book of Acts says that Paul _____.
      a. did not work but relied on donations
      b. did not work but lived off of his own wealth
      c. worked with leather goods
      d. was a shepherd
  5. It is probable that Paul's converts were _____.
      a. all wealthy
      b. all poor
      c. a mix of social classes
      d. mostly Jews
  6. Paul's converts most likely met in _____.
      a. houses
      b. the Temple
      c. the synagogue
      d. church buildings
  7. Timothy reported to Paul that the Thessalonians _____.
      a. had kept their faith solid
      b. had lost faith altogether
      c. had been influenced by subsequent missionaries
      d. had forgotten the work Paul did among them
  8. The most important issue Paul addresses in 1 Thessalonians is _____.
      a. what happens to Christians who have died
      b. the illegality of Christianity
      c. a schism in the community
      d. the presence of false prophets
  9. Why did Christian refusal to worship the state gods sometimes result in persecution?
      a. Ancient people were especially intolerant.
      b. Most believed the gods would punish people and cities that refused to honor them.
      c. It resulted in a loss of income for state-sponsored temples.
      d. It directly challenged the honor of the emperor.
  10. Paul assured the Thessalonians that _____.
      a. they would no longer be persecuted
      b. all of Jesus' followers, dead and alive, would ultimately be together with Christ at his coming
      c. Jesus' followers would become governors in God's earthly kingdom
      d. they were right to reject false prophets
  11. Paul seems to have thought that _____.
      a. he and the Thessalonians would die before the end comes
      b. he and some of the Thessalonians would be alive when the end came
      c. the end had already come
      d. the end would not come
  12. When Paul ministered to the Gentiles, he appears to have taught them all of the following except _____.
      a. the imminence of the end of the world
      b. Jesus is the special Son of God
      c. to turn away from idols
      d. that all male converts should be circumcised
  13. Which aspect of early Christian communities likely encouraged charges of perversion against them?
      a. their belief in the resurrection
      b. their belief in the imminent end of the age
      c. their closed, private meetings
      d. their letter-writing activity
  14. Who seems to have made up the majority of Paul's community at Thessalonica?
      a. former pagans
      b. former Jews
      c. former Cynic philosophers
      d. Samaritans
  15. Communal cohesion among early Christian communities was fostered by all of the following except _____.
      a. common beliefs and rules
      b. shared experience of persecution
      c. exclusive insider information
      d. church buildings
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