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. Where does the hare-lipped girl live?

2. How does Barabbas refer to the girl he meets in Jerusalem?

3. What does the hare-lipped girl do after the red-beaded man speaks to the Christians?

4. Why would Barabbas normally avoid Golgotha?

5. What does the red-bearded man do when he discovers that Barabbas has been eavesdropping?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Barabbas' appearance.

10. Describe the hare-lipped girl.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How does the promise of the resurrection affect the characters in the story? Compare and contrast Barabbas's and the hare-lipped girl's expectations and experiences surrounding Jesus' resurrection. How might their faith have affected their experiences?

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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