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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. When talking to Pilate, Jesus compares Rome to ____________.
2. How does Pilate feel about Jesus, after meeting him for the first time?
3. When confronted by Pilate, what does Jesus deny?
4. What does the angel demand of Matthew?
5. How does Jesus feel when he reads what Matthew has written?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Judas see in Jesus's hand that makes him want to follow Jesus?
2. What happens to Jesus and his disciples in the temple of Jerusalem?
3. Why does Barabbas confront Jesus at Simon's Inn?
4. What is the position of Lazarus at the end of Chapter 25?
5. What does Jesus do in Cana?
6. What happens when Jesus rides into Jerusalem in the spring?
7. What does Jesus say to Pilate, regarding Rome, the first time they meet?
8. What visions does Jesus see while he is in the desert?
9. What happens when Jesus and his disciples go to Magdala in Chapter 22?
10. How is Jerusalem described in Chapter 16?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 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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