The Last Temptation of Christ 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. Why does Philip want to murder Jesus?

2. Jesus realizes that the central figure in all of his dreams is __________.

3. Who is the first person to be executed in the novel?

4. While all the men are in Zebedee's yard, what is Salome overjoyed about?

5. What happens to Jesus in his dreams?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Curse?

2. Why does Judas decide not to kill Jesus at the monastery?

3. What is the position of Lazarus at the end of Chapter 25?

4. What happens when Jesus rides into Jerusalem in the spring?

5. What is the significance of the snakes, according to Jeroboam, Simeon, and Jesus?

6. How does Jesus change the significance of the paschal meal?

7. What does Jesus do to defend Mary Magdalene in Capernaum?

8. What does a bird tell Jesus about Heaven and Hell?

9. Why is Abbot Joachim dying?

10. How is Jesus described in Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Jerusalem has become a filthy place full of corruption and squalor; even those who make pilgrimages there are soon corrupted by it. What happened to the city of Jerusalem, which allowed it to fall into such disrepair? What is Jesus supposed to do to restore Jerusalem to its former glory? How is he supposed to take his place on the throne of Jerusalem? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Jesus praises Nathaniel for giving an answer that goes contrary to the law because the law goes contrary to Jesus's heart. What does Jesus feel is wrong with the existing laws? How does he propose fixing them? What, specifically, does he disagree with? Why? Is there a difference between something that is legal and something that is just? If so, what is it? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Kazantzakis portrays Jesus as a man who is in a constant battle with God and wants to go against God's will. How is this depiction of Jesus different from the commonly-accepted Biblical account of Jesus? Why does Jesus constantly try to force God to leave him alone? What would happen to him without God's intervening in his life? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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