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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 might Barabbas have been doing in Lebanon?
2. Whose testimony does Barabbas use when describing the resurrection to Sahak?
3. What do the other slaves in the mill wear?
4. Whom does Sahak credit for their release?
5. Where do Barabbas and Sahak work after the spring plowing is complete?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Barabbas suffer for the man who died in his place?
2. How does the governor view Barabbas?
3. What explanation does Sahak give the governor for the inscription on the back of his medallion?
4. Describe Barabbas and Sahak's relationship above ground.
5. How do Sahak and Barabbas end up standing trial in front of the governor?
6. What miracle did Sahak claim to have received from God?
7. Why does Sahak refuse to the leave the mines without Barabbas?
8. Describe the one-eyed man.
9. What does Barabbas do after burying the hare-lipped girl?
10. To what do the thieves attribute Barabbas's odd behavior?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How does the news of the impending persecution of the Christians affect the characters in the low-vaulted room? Describe the forms of persecution the Christians in the novel face. How do they react to their persecutions? What effect do their persecutions and reactions have on Barabbas?
Essay Topic 2
How do the themes of monotheism (the worship of one God) and polytheism (the worship of multiple gods) affect the characters in the novel? What implications does the introduction of monotheism have for the Romans? What implications would the introduction of polytheism have for the Jews and Christians? Why might Barabbas have chosen to search for faith in both theologies?
Essay Topic 3
What is the purpose of the Dung Gate area? Describe the society of people who live near the Dung Gate. What expectations do these people have for their lives? How does Jesus and the Christian philosophy affect the lives of this particular group of people?
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