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. As Barabbas walks around town the day after the crucifixion, what does he notice?

2. When does the red-bearded man believe that the Master will return?

3. What did Barabbas find in the low-vaulted room?

4. What does Barabbas notice about the man carrying the cross as the man prepares to go up the hill?

5. Where is Barabbas hidden just before sunrise on the third day after the crucifixion?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what does the fat woman attribute Barabbas's odd behavior?

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

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

4. Describe the hare-lipped girl.

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

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

7. Describe Jesus as Barabbas sees him.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the relationship between Barabbas and the fat woman. Compare and contrast their relationship with Barabbas' relationship with the hare-lipped girl. What events and elements affect each relationship? How do the two woman affect Barabbas' character development?

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 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?

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