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. What does the woman at the Fat Woman's house say about the man on the cross?

2. Who greets Barabbas and the girl as they walk down the streets of Jerusalem?

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

4. What does Barabbas note about the thief who was executed next to the man on the cross?

5. What does Barabbas ask the woman who talks about the man on the cross?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Jesus as Barabbas sees him.

5. Describe Barabbas' appearance.

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

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

8. What does Barabbas spend most of his time doing in Jerusalem after the resurrection morning?

9. Why does Barabbas feel he has a stronger bond with Jesus than the Christians?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Barabbas's reaction to the physical appearance of the resurrected man and what conclusion does he come to about the value of the resurrection? How does Barabbas surprise the resurrected man and what does this indicate about Barabbas' character? How does Barabbas's visit with the resurrected man affect his character?

Essay Topic 2

How does the discussion of the Jewish Messiah at the fat woman's house affect Barabbas and the way he lives his life? How does Jesus differ from the Messiah that Barabbas and the others are expecting? How does their preconceived notions of a Messiah affect their ability to believe that Jesus is the Son of God?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the concept of ritual "uncleanliness." How does ritual uncleanliness differ from simply being dirty and needing a bath? What does the fear of ritual uncleanliness indicate about Barabbas's character? What irony is evident in this?

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