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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the cardinal doing the day before the prisoner is arrested?
(a) Researching scripture.
(b) On a holiday.
(c) Presiding over the auto de fe.
(d) Training bishops for service.

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

3. Where does Jesus stop to meet the mother of the dead child?
(a) At the market.
(b) In the street.
(c) On the steps of the cathedral.
(d) Across from the cemetery.

4. How does the cardinal think Jesus would hinder his work?
(a) Focusing religious attention on himself.
(b) Trying to get him fired.
(c) Asking him too many questions.
(d) Protesting for religous freedom.

5. How does the cardinal''s face look?
(a) Puzzled
(b) Ageless
(c) Calm but judicious
(d) Withered

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the first person Jesus helps in the crowd?

2. Why does the crowd tremble in obedience to the cardinal?

3. What is the cardinal's immediate reaction upon witnessing the scene outside the Cathedral?

4. What does the inquisitor say man can not understand?

5. What characters from "The Wanderings of Our Lady through Hell" is referenced in Ivan's "Literary" Preface.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the grand inquisitor's attitude to the three questions that tempted Jesus.

2. Describe the grand inquisitor's manner of speech to the prisoner.

3. Why does the crowd get excited when they recognize Jesus?

4. Why does the crowd flock to Jesus?

5. Why didn't Jesus use his powers to control man?

6. How are the literary examples in Ivan's preface related?

7. Why does Ivan suggest some people's connection in Jesus began to dwindle?

8. Why does the crowd ask to be healed by the stranger?

9. What happened the day before to 100 people declared as heretics?

10. What does the grand inquisitor believe about people's freedom?

(see the answer keys)

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