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. Where do the ten fishermen work?

2. Who is helping Barabbas, in Chapter 1?

3. What does the crowd do to taunt Jesus in Chapter 1?

4. What kind of invisible animal does Jesus feel sinking its claws into his skull?

5. What does Jesus's mother recall as he passes her, carrying the cross that he built?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Judas Iscariot visit Jesus at the beginning of the novel?

4. What does the Zealot do immediately before and during his crucifixion?

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

6. How does Jesus meet Zebedee?

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

8. What transpires between Jesus and Ananias?

9. Why doesn't Jesus propose to Mary Magdalene?

10. What does Jesus wonder about his dreams?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jesus performs many miracles, but at times, he performs them incorrectly, or incompletely, as is the case with Lazarus. Why is he sometimes unable to perform miracles successfully? What is different about these attempted miracles that makes them turn out differently from the ones that are successful? Why? What might Jesus have done differently? How does he feel about these incomplete miracles? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Jesus begins feeling the sensation of an invisible vulture digging its claws into his skull when he is 12 years old. How does this sensation change over time? What is the message that the sensation is meant to convey, and from whom does it originate? Does the meaning of the sensation change as the sensation itself becomes more painful and intense? What effect does this sensation have on Jesus's life? 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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