The Grand Inquisitor Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Ivan say he wishes for his life?

3. Why does the grand inquisitor think the bribe of bread is ultimately useless?

4. What does the grand inquisitor say is more powerful than the banner of bread?

5. What doesn't Alyosha believe?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Would the inquisitor be happy or unhappy that Jesus has returned? Take into account the historical setting of the story and the popular viewpoints of the time.

Essay Topic 2

Pick two literary references from Ivan's literary preface and compare and contrast them. Why did the author include this reference? What is the significance of the reference?

Essay Topic 3

Why does the grand inquisitor let Jesus go after promising to kill him? Why does Jesus kiss the Grand Inquisitor? Is the release of Jesus a result of the kiss? Does the grand inquisitor change his mind at the end of the story or continue to believe as he did.?

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