Ruth Essay Exam

You have completed the Book of Ruth!  Well done!

This exam is open book, open note, and open to the internet.  All I ask is that you do not share your answers with one another.  Also please do not plagiarize.  I want to hear your unique thoughts.  These questions are less about right/wrong, and more about deeper questions and real-life application!




Describe the tragedy that strikes at the beginning of the book. Compare and contrast the reaction of Naomi, Ruth, and Orpah. With which character do you most identify? (at least 2 paragraphs)


What stands out to you about Ruth’s pledge to Naomi and the circumstances surrounding it? Did Ruth keep her promise throughout the book? How? (at least 2 paragraphs)


Compare and contrast Naomi and Ruth’s view of God at the beginning, middle, and end of this story. Which person most describes you? Why? (at least 3 paragraphs)


Describe the character of Boaz as illustrated in this book by listing and explaining the similarities between him and Jesus Christ. How does Boaz show grace (unmerited favor) to Ruth and Naomi? (at least 2 paragraphs)


This entire book is filled with coincidences. Please list as many as you can. Share overall how God is present through these coincidences. How is God “setting up” your life through ordained “God-incidents”? (at least 3 paragraphs)


Some scholars rightly call this book the “Gospel of Ruth”. How would you share the gospel to your Hindu/Muslim friend after studying this book together? Use specific examples from the text and make the connections. (at least 2 paragraphs)