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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 the Hebrew name for Biff, the main character in this book?
2. Who is arrested for the knifing of the legionnaire, something which upsets the boys?
3. ____________ sends everyone home with a warning not to pull any more strange pranks without letting him get drunk.
4. Joshua heals John of a _______ he has developed from being in the water so much.
5. What is not finished, so the statue can not be put into place as of yet?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happened when others have tried to take down the statue of Venus?
2. What does Maggie do in order to hopefully become divorced by Jakan?
3. What are the only things John eats, as found out by Biff and Joshua when they camp with him?
4. What does Bart, the town idiot, advise that Biff do when he sees Biff crying by the well?
5. What addiction does Raziel seem to have that Biff wants to use against him in order to read the Bible?
6. What does Biff do in order to help Joshua begin to understand the idea of sex and what happens?
7. What reduces Mary's credibility in her talking about the virgin birth of Joshua, according to Biff's storytelling?
8. What does Biff do in order to give Joshua a chance to save all the children?
9. What happens when Joshua is able to let go of all his concepts of self during his lessons?
10. What does Ancient Biff try to persuade Joshua to do as they are beginning their apprenticeships?
Essay Topic 1
The label of being the Messiah is something which John and Joshua both believe to be their own.
Part 1: Why do you think John believes himself to be the Messiah?
Part 2: What is the value of having two characters in the town who may or may not be the Messiah?
Part 3: Why is the label of being the Messiah so important to the men?
Essay Topic 2
The role of women is not a large one in this story, which is akin to the Bible's interpretation of events. At the same time, the women in the book are more detailed and complicated.
Part 1: Do you think Mary is portrayed in a positive way? Why or why not? How should she have been portrayed, in your opinion? Why?
Part 2: Do you agree with the way "Maggie" is portrayed in this story? Why or why not?
Part 3: What does the author seem to be saying about women during the times of Joshua/Jesus?
Essay Topic 3
The concept of marriage is quite different in this book, with the custom being that most marry at 14.
Part 1: What do you think about people being married at the age of 14? Why was this acceptable at the time?
Part 2: Do you think Maggie and Biff would have been a successful couple if they were able to marry?
Part 3: Why do you think marriages were arranged during this time? What was the value of arranging marriages?
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