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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who isn't traveling with the cardinal?
(a) The "holy guard."
(b) The queen.
(c) Slaves.
(d) His assistants.

2. What does the the grand inquisitor tell Jesus his fate will be the next day?
(a) He will remain in prison.
(b) He will be burned.
(c) He will have a chance to preach.
(d) He will be freed.

3. In the Inquisition, who controlled penances?
(a) A jury.
(b) The cardinal.
(c) God.
(d) Jesus.

4. What does the grand inquisitor predict will be the crowds reaction to Jesus' punishment?
(a) The will reluctantly accept it.
(b) They will be indifferent.
(c) The will help burn him.
(d) They will protest it.

5. What breaks Ivan's Narrative?
(a) Alyosha asks a question.
(b) He gets tired.
(c) Alyosha has to leave.
(d) He pauses to question Alyosha.

6. Who is traveling with the cardinal?
(a) The king.
(b) Two princes.
(c) His assistants.
(d) The bishops.

7. What is a "Literary Preface," in the case of this story?
(a) A well-written introduction.
(b) A preface explaining what literature is.
(c) An introduction referencing stories with similar aspects.
(d) A introduction explaining why the subsequent story is literature.

8. What religious character used as a character in fiction does Ivan specifically reference in his "Literary" Preface?
(a) The archangel Michael.
(b) John the Baptist.
(c) Mohammed.
(d) Zeus.

9. Why does Ivan say, "there was nothing left but faith in what the heart doth say."
(a) People stopped trusting their feelings.
(b) The population stopped believing in Jesus.
(c) Without Jesus' physical presence, believer's needed to trust their hearts.
(d) The population discarded science and replaced it with philosophy.

10. What part of the scene in front of the cathedral does the cardinal witness?
(a) A man asking to be healed.
(b) Jesus appearing.
(c) A girl coming back to life.
(d) A man's sight being restored.

11. What does the inquisitor ask the prisoner to judge?
(a) If the cardinal had sinned.
(b) The cardinal's holliness.
(c) If the inquisitor was right to judge him.
(d) If the spirit who questioned him was right.

12. Before he is arrested in the story, what doesn't Jesus do?
(a) Heal a child.
(b) Appear in Seville.
(c) Preach a sermon.
(d) Heal a blind man.

13. What is the cardinal's immediate reaction upon witnessing the scene outside the Cathedral?
(a) He orders a man arrested.
(b) His face darkens and his eyebrows tense.
(c) He calls for his guards.
(d) He smiles mischeviously.

14. Where is the prison?
(a) Near the market.
(b) In the palace.
(c) Outside of town.
(d) In the basement of the catherdral.

15. What does the grand inquisitor think is important about the Jesus' encounter with the spirit?
(a) The energy created by it.
(b) Jesus' response.
(c) The three questions.
(d) The spirit's reaction.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the "auto de fe"?

2. How does the cardinal think the prisoner would hinder his work?

3. Who does the grand inquisitor say the prisoner talked to in the wilderness?

4. When does Ivan say religiously themed plays, chiefly from the Old Testament, stopped being performed in Moscow?

5. What does the inquisitor add to his stating of the three questions?

(see the answer keys)

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