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. Why will they/he continue to suffer?

2. What does Ivan hope to learn upon meeting Alyosha again?

3. How does the grand inquisitor justify people turning their backs?

4. What does the inquisitor say people will destroy?

5. What does the cardinal say the church does that Jesus doesn't?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does the church follow instead of Jesus?

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

3. Why does the clergy deceive the people?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What was the second temptation put to Jesus?

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

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.?

Essay Topic 3

In the Grand Inquisitor, pairs of characters, Ivan and Alyosha, the inquisitor and Jesus, and Jesus and the devil meet separately. Compare and contrast these meetings. Is there a common theme between the pairs of characters or do they serve to contrast each other?

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