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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. Why does Sahak believe he had been the recipient of a miracle?
2. What type of work do Barabbas and Sahak perform above ground?
3. Who is ordered to throw the first stone during the hare-lipped girl's execution?
4. Who is the "great prophet" that Sahak refers to?
5. Who enrages Barabbas so much that he ferociously desecrates dead bodies?
Short Essay Questions
1. To what do the thieves attribute Barabbas's odd behavior?
2. What is Barabbas' reaction to Sahak's crucifixion?
3. How do Sahak and Barabbas end up standing trial in front of the governor?
4. Why does the true believer cast the first stone at the hare-lipped girl?
5. Why does Sahak refuse to the leave the mines without Barabbas?
6. How does Barabbas suffer for the man who died in his place?
7. Describe Barabbas and Sahak's relationship above ground.
8. What is Eliahu's relationship to Barabbas?
9. What does Barabbas think about as he carries the hare-lipped girl's body?
10. What is special about the inscription on the back of Sahak's slave medallion?
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
What forgiveness is the red-bearded man seeking? Is Barabbas seeking any form of forgiveness? If so, from what and why? Discuss how each man's experiences with Jesus and religious groups has affected his view of forgiveness.
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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