|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. ___________ tells Joy about the wonderful things he has learned from the Magi.
2. What does Biff notice missing from the construction of Balthesar's home, which confuses Biff?
3. Gaspar teaches Joshua about loving his neighbor as his self, which prompts Joshua to become _________ again.
4. Balthesar's fortress is built into _____________, which puzzles Biff when he sees it.
5. ____________ invites Joshua and Biff to his home in Capernaum after the wedding party winds down.
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the parents' response to the actions of Biff and Joshua?
2. What does Biff learn about John when Biff and Joshua are at the wedding at Cana?
3. What is the identity Joy now promotes for herself in order to keep herself safe from harm?
4. What is the story Rumi tells Joshua and Biff about his life and his current situation?
5. When the mayor of Magdala begs Joshua and Biff to raise his daughter from the dead, what do the two men see is actually wrong with the daughter?
6. What does Biff give to Maggie when they meet outside the Sanhedrin?
7. How do the monks test those who want to be admitted into the monastery when they arrive at the gates?
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 happens during the first lesson of Buddhism that Joshua takes?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The theme of relationships is one the pervades the entire book, giving the reader a chance to see different relationships at work - and how these relationships affect other events in the book.
Part 1: What is the importance of the relationship between Biff and Joshua?
Part 2: What is the importance of the relationship between Joshua and Maggie? Between Biff and Maggie?
Part 3: Why do you think the relationship between Joshua and a best friend is introduced to the stories of the Bible in this book? What does this relationship provide for the role of Joshua? For the reader?
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 Romans have an interested outlook on religion in this story, allowing for the monotheism of Judaism as long as the Jews pay taxes.
Part 1: Why do you think the Romans thought taxes were more important to have than one single religious movements in the lands?
Part 2: How might conflicting religious thought within a country cause the people who live in that country to act?
Part 3: Do you think it's better to have people do what they want or for the government to dictate what the people should think? Why?
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