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. What do the monks want Jesus to do?

2. Who summons the monks to hear Abbot Joachim's last words?

3. Who warns Jesus that Judas intends to kill him in Magdala?

4. What does Jesus believe about the Messiah?

5. Where do the ten fishermen work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Curse?

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

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

4. Where does Jesus go in Chapter 6?

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

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

7. How does Jesus meet Zebedee?

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

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

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

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

Jerusalem has become a filthy place full of corruption and squalor; even those who make pilgrimages there are soon corrupted by it. What happened to the city of Jerusalem, which allowed it to fall into such disrepair? What is Jesus supposed to do to restore Jerusalem to its former glory? How is he supposed to take his place on the throne of Jerusalem? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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