Jesus Christ Superstar Test | Mid-Book 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 does Jesus reply to these two men?

2. About what is Judas concerned?

3. Where do they sit?

4. About what is Judas concerned?

5. How do the men respond to Jesus?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mary Magdalene.

2. What does the group want to know?

3. With whom has Judas returned?

4. What does Judas think of Mary Magdalene? Why does he feel this way?

5. What does Judas think about the money spent on oil to anoint Jesus' feet and hair? What is Jesus' reply?

6. What does Jesus think about his disciples by the end of this scene? What is their response?

7. What do the other disciples do? What happens to Jesus?

8. How does the scene open?

9. Why does Pontius Pilate become angry?

10. How does this scene begin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Judas cares only about himself.

Part 1) Why is he selfish? Is he only portrayed as being selfish? Why or why not?

Part 2) To what does this selfishness lead? Why?

Part 3) How can the audience relate to this character? How have the playwrights created this character's personality to be more easily understood by the audience?

Essay Topic 2

Jesus becomes upset with his disciples.

Part 1) Why does he become upset with them? Does he have good reasons to be upset with them?

Part 2) Do you believe God is upset with Jesus disciples? Why or why not?

Part 3) What effect does Jesus' anger have on them? How do Jesus' emotions aid the audience in relating to him?

Essay Topic 3

Jesus as human and lacking divinity has been one of the concepts of Jesus' life throughout history.

Part 1) Why is this a concept? How is it revealed in this story?

Part 2) What is Webber and Rice's take on the divinity of Jesus? How do you know this?

Part 3) What message do Webber and Rice send to the audience about Jesus? What is their purpose for creating this musical?

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