Jonathan Edwards/Common Core/Writing Techniques

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Jonathan Edwards/Common Core/Writing Techniques

Quiz on Jonathan Edwards--you may use your handout. Please type the entire sentence from the text exactly how it is written in the text (if it has an exclamation point please put it in your answer) to receive full credit Do not use ellipses. Dr. Handy


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  • 1. 
    Explain this passage using the RAGE + C concept: Question: What is Jonathan Edward's belief in the wrath of God and judgement (water and fury) from this passage?The wrath of God is like great waters that are dammed for the present; they increase more and more, and rise higher and higher, till an outlet is given; and the longer the stream is stopped, the more rapid and mighty is its course, when once it is let loose. It is true, that judgment against your evil works has not been executed hitherto; the floods of God’s vengeance have been withheld; but your guilt in the mean time is constantly increasing, and you are every day treasuring up more wrath; the waters are constantly  rising,  and  waxing more and more mighty; and there is nothing but the mere pleasure of God, that holds the waters back, that are unwilling to be stopped, and press hard to go forward. If God should only withdraw his hand from the flood-gate, it would immediately fly open, and the fiery floods of the fierceness and wrath of God, would rush forth with inconceivable fury,  and would come upon you with omnipotent power; and if your strength were ten thousand times greater than it is, yea, ten thousand times greater than the strength of the stoutest, sturdiest devil in hell, it would be nothing to withstand or endure it.
  • 2. 
    Critique the essay on page 10 (Sample Writing Prompt

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using the rubrics of: Content Rubric, 
Style Rubric, and

Conventions' Rubric. Write a paragraph or two explaining how you would grade this essay on Content, Style, and Conventions. 
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  • 6. 
    The use of a biblical quotation at the end of Edwards's sermon strengthens his argument by
    • A. 

      appealing to the audience's love of poetry

    • B. 

      Changing the tone of the sermon

    • C. 

      Emphasizing Edwards's point about God's mercy

    • D. 

      Associating it with an authority respected by the audience

  • 7. 
    As a preacher, Edwards uses his sermon to
    • A. 

      Raise money for his church

    • B. 

      Frighten his congregation into seizing the opportunity to come back to Puritanism and to receive salvation

    • C. 

      Persuade his congregation to revolt against England

    • D. 

      Uplift his congregation, so that they will believe in God

  • 8. 
    Edward's vivid descriptions of Hell are meant to
    • A. 

      Frighten his audience

    • B. 

      Amuse his audience

    • C. 

      Fascinate his audience

    • D. 

      Make his audience feel superior

  • 9. 
    Edwards presents God as a being who
    • A. 

      Is often angry and vengeful

    • B. 

      Continually redefines the universe

    • C. 

      Enjoys human suffering and misery

    • D. 

      Easily forgives repentant sinners

  • 10. 
    Edwards compares each of his listeners to "a spider or some loathsome insect held over the fire" in order to stress a human being's
    • A. 

      Powerlessness in comparison to God

    • B. 

      Unimportance in God's plan

    • C. 

      Ugliness in God's eyes

    • D. 

      Courage in the face of God's wrath

  • 11. 
    All of the following are images used by Jonathan Edwards to scare his audience EXCEPT
    • A. 

      A bow and arrow ready to pierce one's heart

    • B. 

      Flood waters held back by God's hand

    • C. 

      A wide, gaping canyon

    • D. 

      A lake of burning brimstone

  • 12. 
    Toward the end of the sermon, Edwards's tone shifts from
    • A. 

      Sorrowful to joyous

    • B. 

      Frightening to hopeful

    • C. 

      Joyous to resentful

    • D. 

      Sympathetic to bitter

  • 13. 
    What is the central message of the sermon?
    • A. 

      There is no hope for salvation.

    • B. 

      The only hope for salvation is in good deeds.

    • C. 

      The only hope for salvation is through Christian rebirth.

    • D. 

      Sinners can save their souls through constant prayer.

  • 14. 
    That they were always exposed to destruction; (What sentence comes after this sentence to complete Jonathan Edwards' statement?) (page 2)
  • 15. 
    It implies, that they were always exposed to sudden unexpected destruction. As he that walks in slippery places is every moment liable to fall, he cannot foresee one moment whether he shall stand or fall the next; and when he does fall, he falls at once without warning: (What sentence comes after this sentence to complete Jonathan Edwards' statement?) (page 2)
  • 16. 
    After reading Jonathan Edward's piece of literature, the reader will find himself or herself pondering the idea of sin and the underworld. John Edward's sermon was undoubtedly one of the greatest persuasive pieces of literature ever written. Provoking thoughts of flood gates of hate, bottomless pits of despair, and spider webs of sin, the reader (or listener) will come to find that no one is truly innocent, and that every human being should believe in a higher power. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    John Edward's sermon was unbelievably moving and harsh. While listening to the sermon, the congregation felt as though no one in the entire town was worthy of God's love or appreciation. The imagery depicted by the words in Edward's sermon such as "fiery pits of despair" to describe the underground world, give those listening a great sense of fear and reality that no one is guaranteed their future. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    Nothing can even be used to compare the sense of ruthless honesty that John Edwards sought in his sermon. Not only does the audience feel almost ashamed of their wrongdoings, they begin to feel sympathetic and empathetic to all those around them who may be just as guilty of sin as they are. Words and images such as "hot" and "treacherous" give even the most innocent person a sense of fear. There is no argument as to whether or not Jonathan Edward's succeeded in his attempts to draw his community closer together through his sermon. After listening to the brutal honesty and insight from John, most people left the sermon feeling as though they were indebted to God. Jonathan Edward could have very well written the most persuasive piece of literature known to man.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    The observation from the words that I would now insist upon is this. “There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment out of hell, but the mere pleasure of God. (What sentence comes after this sentence to complete Jonathan Edwards' statement?) (page 2)
  • 20. 
    The observation from the words that I would now insist upon is this. “There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment out of hell, but the mere pleasure of God." (What sentence comes after this sentence to complete Jonathan Edwards' statement?) (page 2)
  • 21. 
    Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God’s enemies (What sentence that comes directly behind this to complete Jonathan Edwards' thoughts? (page 2) 
  • 22. 
    What are we, that we should think to stand before him (type the remainder of the question to complete Jonathan Edwards' thoughts) (page 3). 
  • 23. 
    Yea, God is a great deal more angry with great numbers that are now on earth: (type in the remainder of the sentence to complete Jonathan Edward's thoughts) (page 3). 
  • 24. 
    The Great Awakening was started by Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    Edwards's "fire and brimstone" approach to salvation reached a peak in 1741, when he delivered his most famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." Edwards stunned his listeners with a graphic picture of the uncertain nature of life and the eternal punishment awaiting unrepentant sinners.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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