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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 does the one-eyed slave wear?
3. Why are Barabbas and Sahak called to the Roman governor's palace?
4. What does Barabbas mention to Sahak that sparks a conversation?
5. How do Barabbas and Sahak feel about their above ground work?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Barabbas and Sahak's relationship above ground.
2. How does Barabbas suffer for the man who died in his place?
3. What explanation does Barabbas give the governor for the inscription on the back of his medallion?
4. What heresy does the blind man accuse the hare-lipped girl of spreading?
5. What does Barabbas think about as he carries the hare-lipped girl's body?
6. Where might Barabbas might have been between the time that he left the thieves and when he was in the copper mines?
7. What miracle did Sahak claim to have received from God?
8. How does the governor view Barabbas?
9. What does Barabbas do with the hare-lipped girl's body?
10. What is Eliahu's relationship to Barabbas?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the concept of ritual "uncleanliness." How does ritual uncleanliness differ from simply being dirty and needing a bath? What does the fear of ritual uncleanliness indicate about Barabbas's character? What irony is evident in this?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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