Barabbas Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the believers react to the hare-lipped girl after the red-bearded man spoke to them?

2. What did Barabbas find in the low-vaulted room?

3. To what does the fat woman attribute Barabbas's odd behavior after he returns from the village on the mountain?

4. What does the hare-lipped girl believe will happen on the third day after the crucifixion?

5. How do the Christians react to Barabbas' presence?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Barabbas pleased that he did not see the resurrection?

2. Why does Barabbas leave the red-beaded man?

3. What statement does the fat woman make that offends the hare-lipped girl?

4. Describe Barabbas' actions and thoughts on the resurrection morning.

5. What do Barabbas and the characters at the fat woman's house discuss?

6. Describe hare-lipped girl's actions and thoughts on the resurrection morning.

7. Describe Barabbas' appearance.

8. Describe the hare-lipped girl.

9. How do the characters react when the hill goes dark?

10. What does the red-bearded man claim is the point of the crucifixion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What type of reception does Barabbas receive from the Christians in Jerusalem? What is the reason for that reception? Why might Barabbas continue to seek out the Christians? What is the result of his persistence?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the symbolism behind the slave medallion and the inscriptions found on both sides of Sahak's and Barabbas's medallions. Compare and contrast how the inscription on the back of each man's medallion affected his character. What did the medallion symbolize for Barabbas after Sahak's death?

Essay Topic 3

How does the news of the impending persecution of the Christians affect the characters in the low-vaulted room? Describe the forms of persecution the Christians in the novel face. How do they react to their persecutions? What effect do their persecutions and reactions have on Barabbas?

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