Barabbas Test | Final 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. How does Sahak die?

2. What does Barabbas think about as he carries the hare-lipped girl's body?

3. How do Barabbas and Sahak feel about their above ground work?

4. How does Eliahu die?

5. How is Barabbas connected to Sahak?

Short Essay Questions

1. What explanation does Barabbas give the governor for the inscription on the back of his medallion?

2. What is Barabbas' reaction to Sahak's crucifixion?

3. What does Barabbas think about as he carries the hare-lipped girl's body?

4. What is special about the inscription on the back of Sahak's slave medallion?

5. Why does the true believer cast the first stone at the hare-lipped girl?

6. What is Barabbas reaction to the true believer's action during the stoning?

7. Describe Barabbas and Sahak's relationship above ground.

8. Describe the one-eyed man.

9. Describe the hare-lipped girl's burial.

10. What does Barabbas do after burying the hare-lipped girl?

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 might be Barabbas's motivation for returning to the band of thieves? Compare and contrast the roles Barabbas plays within the band of thieves both before and after Jesus' crucifixion. What events and experiences influenced any change he might have experienced and why?

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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