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. Why is Jesus's mother embarrassed when the cross is hoisted for the first execution in the novel?

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

3. How does Jesus's mother look at him when he struggles and falls under the weight of the cross he built?

4. What does the rabbi tell Jesus, in Chapter 11?

5. Who keeps Philip from murdering Jesus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Abbot Joachim dying?

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

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

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

6. How does Jesus meet Zebedee?

7. Where does Jesus go in Chapter 6?

8. What is the Curse?

9. What is the significance of the snakes, according to Jeroboam, Simeon, and Jesus?

10. What transpires between Jesus and Ananias?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jesus is tormented by dreams and visions. God and Satan are constantly battling for Jesus's allegiance. What tricks does the Devil employ to try and gain Jesus's loyalty? How is Jesus able to tell the difference between the Devil's tricks and God's messengers? Are there situations in which he is confused about whether it is God or the Devil communicating with him? If so, what are they? 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

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.

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