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 Barabbas notice about the tomb when the sun rises?

2. What did the hare-lipped girl see at the tomb?

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

4. What do the men do after returning from their brief excursions?

5. As he lies on his sleeping mat, what conclusion does Barabbas come to about the things he saw on Golgotha?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens during the Christians' meeting in the low-vaulted room?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Barabbas' appearance.

10. Describe Jesus as Barabbas sees him.

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

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

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?

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