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. What changes in himself does the grand inquisitor confess?

2. Why does the cardinal think that the church will appear to be gods?

3. What mystery does Ivan say is guarded?

4. What is the second thing Jesus was tempted with?

5. Why does the cardinal think Jesus wouldn't feed the world?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the grand inquisitor say the freedom Jesus gives people is cruel?

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

4. Describe Alyosha's response to Ivan's poem.

5. How will the church finish the Tower of Babel that man has built?

6. What does the grand inquisitor add to the first question when he restates it to the prisoner?

7. Why does Ivan say Catholics don't like Masons?

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

9. Why does the grand inquisitor say Jesus refused in the second temptation?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What is the view on religion and history expressed by Ivan in his literary preface? What historical events does he reference? What religious ideas does he take for granted as he describes the progress of Christian thought? How does he describe this progress?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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