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 does Alyosha accuse Ivan of lacking?

2. Why does the cardinal say the clergy keeps silent about the true nature of their power?

3. According to the grand inquisitor, how has the church responded to the questions used to tempt Jesus?

4. How does the cardinal say Jesus responded to the first question from the spirit?

5. In the Inquisition, what happens of one disagrees with the church?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the grand inquisitor accuse Jesus of only caring for the strong?

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

3. What does the grand inquisitor think man's rebellious nature will lead to?

4. How is the church giving people their freedom?

5. Why does the clergy deceive the people?

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

7. What was the third temptation of Jesus by the spirit in the wilderness?

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

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

10. What is it about the grand inquisitor Alyosha can't believe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to the grand inquisitor, what effect would Jesus turning stones into bread have on the world? What reactions would this cause people to have toward him? What does the grand inquisitor believe Jesus should have done differently? How does the grand inquisitor explain the church's reaction to Jesus refusal of this temptation?

Essay Topic 2

Write about Alyosha's purpose in the narrative. What role does the author choose for him to play? What effect does his existence have on the narrative? Give at least one example to explain your thinking.

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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