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. After watching Jesus carry the cross he built, to whom does Simeon compare Jesus?

2. Where does Jesus think the animals have come from?

3. Who shelters Mary Magdalene in Capernaum?

4. What does Jesus say to the mob that wants to stone Mary Magdalene?

5. Why does Jesus leave home in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Mary and Simeon talk about when he visits her in Chapter 5?

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

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

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

5. What does Jesus do to defend Mary Magdalene in Capernaum?

6. What is the Curse?

7. Why is Abbot Joachim dying?

8. Where does Jesus go in Chapter 6?

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

10. What does Simeon advise Jesus to do, in Chapter 10, and how does Jesus respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Israelites are being oppressed by the Romans, and some people resent Jesus's willingness to help those on both sides of the struggle. Why is he so willing to help his enemies? How do they repay him? How do they react when he helps them, or attempts to? What effect does his willingness to help his enemies have on his reputation? What does it say about his character? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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