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. Who takes over carrying the cross that Jesus built, when Jesus becomes tired?

2. After watching Jesus carry the cross he built, to whom does Simeon compare Jesus?

3. What is Jesus unable to vanquish?

4. What is Jesus's defense to save himself from God hunting him?

5. What does Simeon say to the men who move to block Jesus's path, as he carries the cross he built?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens between Jesus and Mary Magdalene at sunset, on Jesus's first night in Magdala?

2. What does Saul of Damascus tell Jesus when he visits him in Bethany?

3. What unpleasant sensation does Jesus often experience?

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

5. What do Jesus's disciples do after Jesus is captured by the mob at Gethsemane?

6. What kind of life does Jesus lead with Mary and Martha?

7. What does Jesus wonder about his dreams?

8. What happens to Jesus and his disciples in the temple of Jerusalem?

9. What happens when Jesus and his disciples go to Magdala in Chapter 22?

10. Who does Jesus see when he returns to consciousness in Chapter 30?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Israelites are being oppressed by the Romans, and some people resent Jesus's willingness to help those on both sides of the struggle. Why is he so willing to help his enemies? How do they repay him? How do they react when he helps them, or attempts to? What effect does his willingness to help his enemies have on his reputation? What does it say about his character? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Pontius Pilate dismisses Jesus as harmless, though there are others, such as Annas and Caiaphas, who feel that he is a revolutionary and a threat to Rome. Why isn't Pilate as concerned about Jesus as the others are? Why is Pilate initially reluctant to condemn Jesus? Why does he eventually comply with the others' wishes to crucify him, even though he doesn't see him as a threat? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

When Jesus wakes up on the cross, realizing that he is not a coward or traitor, he shouts "IT IS ACCOMPLISHED!" However, Kazantzakis comments that he could have instead shouted, "Everything has begun." What is the significance of this statement? What does Kazantzakis mean by this? What is Jesus's legacy? How did he change the world? What, specifically, began with his crucifixion, and why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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