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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 subject of the parable Jesus tells the poor on the hill in Capernaum?
2. In Chapter 6, Jesus leaves home to do what?
3. What is Jesus's defense to save himself from God hunting him?
4. What does Simeon tell Jesus's mother, in regard to her son?
5. What did the clawing sensation stop Jesus from doing when he was twenty years old?
Short Essay Questions
1. What unpleasant sensation does Jesus often experience?
2. Why is Abbot Joachim dying?
3. What does Jesus say to comfort the poor in Capernaum, who look to him for guidance?
4. Why doesn't Jesus propose to Mary Magdalene?
5. In Chapter 11, what does Simeon say to Jesus about the possibility of Jesus being the Messiah?
6. What does Jesus do to defend Mary Magdalene in Capernaum?
7. How is Jesus described in Chapter 1?
8. How does Jesus meet Zebedee?
9. What is the Curse?
10. How does Jesus's mother feel when she sees Jesus carrying the cross at the beginning of the novel?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Paul tells Jesus that obstinacy, longing, and faith create truth. The world needs consolation, factual or not. How does Jesus react to these statements? How true are they? What historical examples serve to prove Paul's point? What is Kazantzakis trying to say about faith, religion, and truth? How does Paul's version of truth relate to the kind that Jesus is trying to spread? 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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