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On the Threshold of Hope -- Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
by Diane Mandt Langberg, PhD
(Tyndale House Publishers: Wheaton, IL). 213 pages.
[Answer 11 of 15 questions correctly to receive
9 hours of Continuing Education credit].


Chapter 3: How to Care for Yourself As You Read (p 13-16)
1. The author advises abuse survivors to
a. not read this book at night.
b. stop reading if feeling overwhelmed.
c. when feeling overwhelmed or agitated, engage in constructive activities such as exercise, light reading, or music.
d. all of the above.
Chapter 5: One Woman’s Story (p 23-29)

2. This chapter is about
a. an anonymous story of abuse.
b. a testimony from one of the author’s abused clients.
c. the Biblical story of the rape of Tamar.
d. a story with a happy ending.
Chapter 6: Telling Your Story (p. 33-37)

3. Survivors are encouraged to write their stories down
a. each night before going to bed.
b. in order to restore their voices that were silenced by the abuse.
c. for future prosecution of the perpetrators.
d. in a small group setting.
Chapter 8: Understanding Some Terminology (p 43-50)

4. Anything that causes a person to remember the abuse is called
a. a trigger.
b. a flashback.
c. a nightmare.
d. dissociation.
Chapter 10: Childhood Abuse (p 59-65)

5. Which is TRUE?
a. Survivors should observe children who are the same age as they were when their abuse began.
b. Survivors usually have realistic perceptions of the trauma that happened to them.
c. Survivors rarely blame themselves for what happened.
d. As a protection from flashbacks, survivors should not think about the vulnerability and dependency of children.
Chapter 11: What Did You Learn from Your Family? (p 67-72)

6. Abuse is more likely to occur in which of the following families?
a. The children come from a lower socio-economic family.
b. The children have many friends outside the family.
c. The children receive consequences for misbehavior.
d. The children are expected to meet the needs of the parents.
Chapter 12: A Look Behind the Scenes (p. 73-81)

7.In the Biblical passage Isaiah 19:19-20, God is presented as
a. Ruler.
b. Shepherd.
c. Champion.
d. Creator.
Chapter 13: Abuse Damaged Your Body (p 85-98)

8. Ultimately, sexual abuse occurs because
a. sex is pleasurable.
b. the victim is physically attractive.
c. the victim was sexually aroused.
d. the abuser had evil thoughts.
Chapter 15: Abuse Damaged Your Thinking (p 111-118)

9. “Yes, my father sexually abused me but he didn’t mean it; he was a good provider.” This statement is an example of
a. dissociation.
b. doublethink.
c. repressed memory.
d. fear.
10. Which is TRUE about repressed memories?
a. The presence of certain symptoms is proof that sexual abuse did occur.
b. Traumatic events are stored in the verbal memory system.
c. Memories of sexual abuse are always accurate.
d. Simply remembering does not bring healing; replacing lies with God’s
    truth brings about change.
Chapter 18: Healing for Your Body (p 139-147)

11. When an abuse survivor begins to enjoy the softness of her children’s skin and the feel of the sun on her face, she is
a. reconnecting to her body.
b. well on her way to recovery.
c. avoiding acknowledging the abuse.
d. relying on coping mechanisms.
12 Which is TRUE about Jesus Christ?
a. He can identity with all who have been abused because He was spat upon, struck, exposed, tortured, mocked, restrained, and crucified.
b. He chose a physical body that was not particularly attractive.
c. He dwells within the body of an abused person who believes in Him.
d. all of the above.
Chapter 20: Healing for Your Thinking (p 159-166)

13. This chapter
a. attempts to explain why God does not stop abuse.
b. shows how different Christ is from other human beings.
c. presents God as Healer, Lover, Burden Bearer, and Comforter.
c. delves into the mystery of suffering.
Chapter 21: Healing for Your Relationships (p 167-176)

14. Jesus was abandoned (forsaken) by
a. His disciples.
b. the religious leaders.
c. His heavenly Father.
d. all of the above.
Chapter 24: Suggestions for People Who Are Walking alongside a Survivor (p 197-205)

15. One of the author’s suggestions is
a. It takes about 6 to 12 months to heal from sexual abuse.
b. It is normal for your client to experience nightmares, perhaps for months.
c. Abuse survivors should only tell their story once; any more is too traumatic.
d. Survivors who are single should not depend upon others for security.