The Grand Inquisitor Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. How is the world divided according to the grand inquisitor?

2. Why does Alyosha accuse Ivan of being a Mason?

3. What will the church declare upon finishing the temple?

4. To what does the grand inquisitor say man prefers death?

5. Why does the inquisitor say people must submit to authority?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does the church follow instead of Jesus?

2. How does the grand inquisitor predict man will feel about his loss of freedom?

3. Why does the grand inquisitor think bribing man with bread is useless?

4. Why does the grand inquisitor value the weak?

5. Why does the grand inquisitor think people will follow the church?

6. Why does the grand inquisitor think men fear freedom?

7. Why does Jesus deserve to be burned at the stake, according to the grand inquisitor?

8. According to the grand inquisitor, what would have happened if Jesus had changed the stones into bread?

9. What similarity is drawn about Catholics and Masons?

10. How does the grand inquisitor justify lying to people about Jesus and religion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Alyosha disbelieve the grand inquisitor's character? What does Alyosha believe about the church? What do Alyosha's reactions to Ivan's story reveal about him? When the brother's part what is Alyosha thinking or feeling?

Essay Topic 2

Why did the author choose to set the story in Seville of the Inquisition as opposed to another time and place? What is significant about this setting? How does the setting come into play in the plot of Ivan's narrative? Where else could he have set the story?

Essay Topic 3

How is the church in this story deceiving the people? Are they working truly in the people's best interest?

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