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                      from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Selection Test
I. SHORT ANSWER: Answer the following questions in complete sentences. Provide support from the
text when applicable.

A. ANALYZE: How does Edwards appeal to those in his audience who believe they are not sinners, and
not in danger of the fate he describes?

B. EVALUATE: Would Edwards mode of persuasion be effective today? Why or why not?

C. INTERPRET: Edwards compares his listeners’ powerlessness to a spider web stopping a plummeting
rock. Explain what his listeners’ lack of power and the spider web have in common, and why this is
metaphor is effective.

II. MULTIPLE CHOICE: Select the letter of the best answer to each of the following items.
1. In his sermon, Edwards mainly taps into his audience’s fear of—
         A) their minister’s wrath
         B) burning forever in a fiery pit
         C) associating with sinners
         D) floods and other natural disasters

2. According to Edwards,—
       A) most human beings have done nothing to appease God
       B) God is determined to save human beings
       C) human beings have promised to obey God
       D) the devil does not want to take them

3. When Edwards refers to the “unconverted persons in this congregation,” he chiefly addresses the—
      A) men and women who do not believe in themselves
      B) church visitors who are followers of other religions
      C) parishioners who don’t want Edwards as their leader
      D) members who do not accept Christ as their savior

4. Edwards builds a sense of urgency and peril by suggesting that—
      A) death and damnation may occur at any moment
      B) the church is being persecuted by unholy forces
      C) ministers alone can determine who is to be saved
      D) the end of the world is coming soon

E3-1.3: Evaluate the devices of figurative language; E3-1.5: Analyze the effect of author’s craft on the meaning of literary texts; E3-1.7: Evaluate
an author’s use of genre to convey theme; E3-2.7:Evaluate propaganda techniques and rhetorical devices; E3-3.1: Use context clues to
determine the meaning of technical terms and other unfamiliar words.
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5. Edwards contends that the only way people can escape from God’s anger is to—
      A) obey the Ten Commandments
      B) attend church regularly
      C) experience a “change of heart” and accept Christ
      D) reform all aspects of their life

III. VOCABULARY: Match the definition on the left with the vocabulary word on the right.
      6. carefulness                                                       A) loathsome
      7. infuriated; angry                                                 B) inconceivable
      8. moderation; softening                                             C) incensed
      9. unimaginable; beyond understanding                                D) mitigation
      10. arousing hatred                                                  E) prudence

IV. LITERARY FOCUS: Select the letter of the best answer to each of the following items.
14. When Edwards says that “men are held in the hand of God,” he means that—
       A) all human beings can fit into the palm of God’s hand
       B) God is a kind father
       C) the fate of human beings is determined by God
       D) God will save everyone

15. When Edwards says, “Let everyone fly out of Sodom,” he means that—
       A) people should move to the town where Edwards’s church is located
       B) people should move to a less sinful place
       C) people should be reborn in order to avoid being destroyed by God
       D) those who are reborn will rise from the flames of Hell

16. What does Edwards mean when he says, “The bow of God’s wrath is bent, and the arrow made ready
    on the string”?
         A) God is violent.
         B) God’s wrath is misdirected.
         C) God’s anger will cause much pain.
         D) God is prepared to demonstrate his anger.

V. READING FOCUS: Select the letter of the best answer to each of the following items.
17. Edwards’s purpose in delivering this sermon is to—
       A) frighten his listeners so much that they never return to church
       B) jolt his congregation into mending their ways and seeking salvation
       C) give such a memorable speech that his congregation will never forget him
       D) dominate his congregation and maintain his position in the church

18. Jonathan Edwards’s primary intent in using such strong, graphic language is to—
        A) terrorize his audience
        B) make real the concept of sin and its punishment
        C) parade his own rhetorical gifts
        D) shock the staid Puritans

E3-1.3: Evaluate the devices of figurative language; E3-1.5: Analyze the effect of author’s craft on the meaning of literary texts; E3-1.7: Evaluate
an author’s use of genre to convey theme; E3-2.7:Evaluate propaganda techniques and rhetorical devices; E3-3.1: Use context clues to
determine the meaning of technical terms and other unfamiliar words.
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19. Jonathan Edwards probably uses the device of comparing God’s fury to natural forces in order to—
        A) put abstract things into physical terms people can understand
        B) achieve a poetic effect
        C) suggest that it is nature, not God, that people should fear
        D) make God seem less terrifying

VI. CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE:
20. Examine Jonathan Edwards’s speech again with the following questions in mind. Then, answer each
    question on a separate sheet of paper, using words from the speech to back up your assertion.
        A) According to Edwards, is it enough to lead a good and decent life?
        B) Is it enough to believe in God?
        C) What role does having a good physical constitution play in salvation?
        D) What is the one thing that one must do to avoid eternal damnation?




E3-1.3: Evaluate the devices of figurative language; E3-1.5: Analyze the effect of author’s craft on the meaning of literary texts; E3-1.7: Evaluate
an author’s use of genre to convey theme; E3-2.7:Evaluate propaganda techniques and rhetorical devices; E3-3.1: Use context clues to
determine the meaning of technical terms and other unfamiliar words.
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