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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. What is never stated regarding Jesus?

2. What does Jesus try to do regarding his followers?

3. What does the council offer to pay Judas for telling them where to find Jesus on Thursday?

4. Who does Jesus see suspended above him in a cage?

5. What does Judas call Mary Magdalene?

Short Essay Questions

1. What takes place between Jesus and God in the Garden of Gethsemane?

2. How does the scene end?

3. What is Judas doing? What is Mary Magdalene doing? Describe Jesus.

4. How does Judas act in front of the council?

5. What takes place after Jesus enters?

6. What happens to Pilate at the beginning of this scene?

7. How does this scene begin?

8. Why is Jesus brought before Pontius Pilate again?

9. How does the scene end?

10. What happens to the African American male leaning on the wall?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Act 1, Scene 13, the council members and Judas are all in black.

Part 1) Why are they all in black? What does it symbolize? What does this reveal about Judas?

Part 2) What takes place in this scene? Could Judas' actions have been prevented? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In Act 1, Scene 14, as Mary Magdalene is washing Jesus' feet, he is dressed all in white.

Part 1) Why does she wash his feet? What does this symbolize?

Part 2) What is symbolic about his white clothing?

Part 3) How has Jesus' clothing changed throughout the musical? Why? How is it related to the plot and changes in his character?

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