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 event causes the soldiers near the cross to jump to their feet and grab their weapons?

2. What answer does Barabbas receive about Christian doctrine?

3. How does the girl that Barabbas meets in Jerusalem appear?

4. What event does Barabbas accuse the red-bearded man of falsifying?

5. What does the believer that Barabbas meets in the village on the mountain tell him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Barabbas' appearance.

2. Describe Jesus as Barabbas sees him.

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

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

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

6. What does Barabbas think about as he lies awake next to the fat woman on his first night of freedom?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What type of reception does Barabbas receive from the Christians in Jerusalem? What is the reason for that reception? Why might Barabbas continue to seek out the Christians? What is the result of his persistence?

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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