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 does Barabbas react to the comments that the passing group of men make towards him and the red-beaded man?

2. During his first night after arriving in Jerusalem, what does Barabbas think about as he lies on his sleeping mat?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the red-bearded man confess to Barabbas?

4. To what do the characters at the fat woman's house attribute the halo Barabbas describes seeing?

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

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

7. Describe Jesus as Barabbas sees him.

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

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

10. What does the red-bearded man attribute to Barabbas's sudden interest in Jesus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

What role does betrayal play in the novel? Which characters betray others and why? Which characters are betrayed and why? What role does guilt play in relationship to betrayal in the novel. How do the themes of betrayal and guilt affect Barabbas' character?

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