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 keeps Philip from murdering Jesus?

2. What do the monks want Jesus to do?

3. Who is the rich man who wants Jesus to perform sorcery to rid him of nightmares?

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

5. What is the subject of the parable Jesus tells the poor on the hill in Capernaum?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Jesus go in Chapter 6?

2. What does Jesus tells Simeon at the end of Chapter 10?

3. What do Philip and Judas talk about after Judas leaves Capernaum?

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

5. What transpires between Jesus and Ananias?

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

7. In Chapter 11, what does Simeon say to Jesus about the possibility of Jesus being the Messiah?

8. What occurs between Judas, Zebedee, and Philip when they meet in Capernaum during the storm?

9. At the beginning of the novel, how does Jesus feel about God's demands that he preach the Kingdom of Heaven?

10. What does Jesus say to comfort the poor in Capernaum, who look to him for guidance?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Matthew writes one account of Jesus's genealogy, but he is forced by an angel to change what he has written, so that it is in accordance with prophecy. How does Matthew feel about doing so? Why? How does Jesus feel when he reads it? Why? Why does the angel force Matthew to lie? What is Kazantzakis trying to say about his views on scripture? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Jesus goes into the desert in an attempt to communicate directly with God. Abbot Joachim starves himself in a similar attempt. Who else performs extreme actions to gain the attention of God? Why do they find it necessary to go to such extreme measures to communicate with God? How effective are these methods? What is the final result of their attempts? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Kazantzakis portrays Jesus as a human being who experiences temptations, sin, and vice, and who is not always welcoming of God's will. How is this portrayal of Jesus different from the way he is depicted in scripture and other religious writings? Why do you think Kazantzakis chose to portray Jesus this way? What can we infer about Kazantzakis's opinion of the accuracy of scripture? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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