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. Why doesn't Barabbas believe that the man on the cross is the Messiah?

2. Why does Barabbas feel that he cannot be forgiven for his sins?

3. Why were the Jewish people given the opportunity to pardon one prisoner's death sentence?

4. When Barabbas is eavesdropping on the two men in Jerusalem, what causes him to lean closer to the men?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Barabbas give the hare-lipped girl at the fat woman's house?

8. Why doesn't Barabbas believe that Jesus could be the Son of God?

9. How does the fat woman react to Barabbas staying in Jerusalem?

10. Describe what the characters do at the fat woman's house.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do the characters at the fat woman's house rationalize the miracles Barabbas saw on Golgotha? How does their rationalization affect his character? What other miracles does Barabbas rationalize and what effect did his rationalization have on his character development?

Essay Topic 2

What role does revenge play in the novel? Which characters are most affected by revenge and why? Compare and contrast the concept of revenge with the concept of "love one another" as seen by the characters in the novel. How does this conflict affect Barabbas' character and why?

Essay Topic 3

Barabbas last words, "to thee I deliver up my soul," are not explained by the author. What might be the implications of these words?

1. Who might Barabbas be speaking to and why?

2. What might these words foreshadow for Barabbas's eternal future and why?

3. Why might Barabbas have spoken this particular phrase and how does it relate to his life story as told in the novel?

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