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 comment does the fat woman make that offends the girl Barabbas meets in Jerusalem?

2. What do Barabbas and the red-bearded man discuss?

3. What does Barabbas notice about the woman he believes is the mother of the man on the cross?

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

5. Which follower of Jesus is Barabbas invited to meet?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe hare-lipped girl's actions and thoughts on the resurrection morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Jesus as Barabbas sees him.

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

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

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 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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