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

2. What religious historical event, "in the north of Germany" is called, "a terrible new heresy."
(a) The Protestant reformation.
(b) The Auto de Fe.
(c) The Crusades.
(d) The Spanish Inquisition.

3. According to Ivan, how does God explain his treatment of sinners in "The Wanderings of Our Lady through Hell"?
(a) He explains how punishment teachers people to do good.
(b) He asks what she would do if she were him.
(c) He says sinners are evil and deserve punishment.
(d) He asks how it would be possible to forgive his son's tormentors.

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

5. What character is speaking when the story begins?
(a) The narrator.
(b) Alyosha.
(c) Ivan.
(d) The grand inquisitor.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the prisoner look at the grand inquisitor when he is being accused in his cell?

2. Why does Ivan say the character "Our Lady" falls before the throne of God and beg?

3. What does the prisoner do to be recognized by the people?

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

5. According to Ivan, what do the characters Our Lady and God discuss in "The Wanderings of Our Lady through Hell"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the cardinal come to the prisoner's room alone and in the night?

2. Why were the cardinals, the king and his court, the knights, and the whole population of Seville at the auto de fe?

3. How does the little girl feel when she comes back to life?

4. Why does Jesus appear at the specific time and place in Spain?

5. How does Our Lady feel when she sees sinners in the burning lake?

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

7. What does the grand inquisitor believe is most important about Jesus' temptation?

8. Why doesn't the grand inquisitor want Jesus to add to his teachings?

9. Why does God find it hard to spare the sinners in hell despite Our Lady's pleas for mercy?

10. How is Jesus tempted in the story?

(see the answer keys)

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