The Last Temptation of Christ Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is "The Curse"?

2. What does Andrew call Jesus?

3. Why does Jesus get trapped in Magdala?

4. How does Simeon respond when Jesus tells him about his dreams?

5. What is the rabbi's usual cry to God?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Jesus and his disciples hiding in Simon's inn?

2. How does the novel end?

3. What happens to Mary Magdalene in Chapter 30?

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

5. What does Jesus ask of Judas before he sees Pilate?

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

7. Why does Simeon come to see Jesus in Capernaum?

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

9. What does Judas see in Jesus's hand that makes him want to follow Jesus?

10. How is Jesus described in Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Mary is hailed as the blessed mother of the Son of God, but in "The Last Temptation of Christ," she often feels far from blessed. What does Mary want for her only son? Why is she always upset about the situation Jesus is in? How does she feel about God's involvement in her and her son's life? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Jesus prevents an angry mob from stoning Mary Magdalene. Why did the mob want to stone her? What crime did she commit? What logic does Jesus use to stop the mob from stoning her? Why does he save her? What effect does his saving her have on their relationship,? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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