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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 does Barabbas think about as he carries the hare-lipped girl's body?
2. What happens to Barabbas and Sahak after they are released from the mines?
3. Where does Barabbas tell Sahak that he had seen Jesus?
4. What do the other slaves in the mill wear?
5. How is Barabbas connected to Sahak?
Short Essay Questions
1. What explanation does Sahak give the governor for the inscription on the back of his medallion?
2. What heresy does the blind man accuse the hare-lipped girl of spreading?
3. What does Barabbas think about as he carries the hare-lipped girl's body?
4. Describe the hare-lipped girl's burial.
5. How does the governor view Barabbas?
6. What happens to Sahak after he speaks to the governor?
7. Why does the true believer cast the first stone at the hare-lipped girl?
8. What about Barabbas amazes Sahak?
9. Where might Barabbas might have been between the time that he left the thieves and when he was in the copper mines?
10. Why does Sahak refuse to the leave the mines without Barabbas?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Other than death, what purpose did crucifixion serve in the first century? How did it affect members of society? What effect did it have on the characters in the novel? What link might be evident among all the crucifixions reported in the novel?
Essay Topic 2
How does Sahak's attitude affect his character and other characters in the novel? What events and experiences appear to affect Sahak's attitude? What role does Sahak play in Barabbas's life and how does absence affect Barabbas's character?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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