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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. After leaving the tomb, whom does Barabbas question about Christian doctrine?

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

3. What do the believers begin to call Barabbas after he returns from his visit to the village on the mountain?

4. What does Barabbas notice about the tomb when the sun rises?

5. What does the believer that Barabbas meets in the village on the mountain look like?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Barabbas tell the Christian when questioned about his visit to the resurrected man?

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

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

4. What does Barabbas notice about the people in Jerusalem the day after the crucifixion?

5. How does Barabbas suffer for the man who died in his place?

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

7. What happens to Sahak after he speaks to the governor?

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

9. Describe the residents who live near the Dung Gate.

10. Describe the hare-lipped girl's meeting with Jesus.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is the Christian philosophy that the hare-lipped girl describes to Barabbas? How does that philosophy affect her life and the lives of the other Christians? How does it affect Barabbas's life? How does the behavior of the Christians in Jerusalem affect Barabbas's view of their philosophy?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

How does the promise of the resurrection affect the characters in the story? Compare and contrast Barabbas's and the hare-lipped girl's expectations and experiences surrounding Jesus' resurrection. How might their faith have affected their experiences?

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