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 is Jesus allowed to be seen?

2. How does the audience find Judas?

3. Along what do Jesus' disciples walk?

4. What do they all want to know?

5. Back with his disciples and Mary Magdalene, what is Jesus trying to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Peter do in this scene, as Jesus predicted?

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

3. How does Jesus reply when Caiaphas and Annas appear on the second level and ask him to disperse the crowd?

4. What does Herod ask of Jesus? What is Jesus' response? What is Herod's reaction to Jesus' response?

5. Where does Judas go after leaving Jesus and Mary?

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

7. What does Judas try to do while he is here?

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

9. What is the Bible verse that is read?

10. How does Judas betray Jesus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Act 2, Scene 6 takes place in Herod's Casino and Dance Hall.

Part 1) Describe this setting. Why did the authors create this as the setting?

Part 2) How does this setting enhance Herod's character and personality?

Part 3) Compare this set to others. What is the significance of this?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The lighting in Act 1, Scene 6, with the Council of Jewish Priests, is dark.

Part 1) Why is it dark? What does it symbolize?

Part 2) How does the lighting, set, and costuming enhance the story?

Part 3) Why do the writers choose this specific lighting, set, and costuming?

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