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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 Abbot Joachim's response when he meets Jesus?
2. Who visits Jesus in Chapter 1?
3. Why does Jesus get trapped in Magdala?
4. What is the rabbi's usual cry to God?
5. What does Jesus do when he is slapped?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are Jesus's beliefs regarding the Messiah at the beginning of the novel?
2. What is the Curse?
3. What does Simeon advise Jesus to do, in Chapter 10, and how does Jesus respond?
4. What does Jesus do to defend Mary Magdalene in Capernaum?
5. Why does Judas decide not to kill Jesus at the monastery?
6. What is the subject of Joachim's last speech to the monks?
7. How does Jesus meet Zebedee?
8. Where does Jesus go in Chapter 6?
9. What do Mary and Simeon talk about when he visits her in Chapter 5?
10. What does Jesus tells Simeon at the end of Chapter 10?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Mary Magdalene is an important character in "The Last Temptation of Christ." Why is her character so prominent, when she is merely a peripheral character in scripture? How is her relationship with Jesus in the novel different from their relationship in scripture? Why? How does her prominence, as a character, reflect on the events of Jesus's life? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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