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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Twain see that disgusts him when the group stops to rest on the road to Damascus?
(a) Emaciated homeless people.
(b) Huge rats.
(c) A man's skeleton by the roadside.
(d) People suffering from leprosy.

2. Why does the trip to Damascus have to be made in two days?
(a) Three of the men will not travel on the sabbath.
(b) Twain's group is not properly prepared.
(c) Three of the men are ill and must rest.
(d) Twain is stricken with a strange premonition.

3. What is the average age of a passenger on the excursion?
(a) 40.
(b) 26.
(c) 34.
(d) 50.

4. Who does Twain claim founded the city later replaced by Babylon?
(a) Nimrod.
(b) Noah.
(c) Nehemiah.
(d) Nicodemus.

5. Twain says that everything is now measured in __________ instead of __________.
(a) Days; hours.
(b) Inches; miles.
(c) Time; miles.
(d) Dollars; dimes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the spinning dancers of a religious healing nature called?

2. What does the marble slab inside the Church of Holy Sepulcher guard?

3. What does Turkey allow that Twain finds immoral?

4. What appears to be the emperor's weakness?

5. Where do the travelers decide to go in Chapter 55, even though their trip is supposed to be over?

Short Essay Questions

1. As the caravan gets closer to Baalbek, Twain begins to tell relevant stories from the Bible. What stories does Twain relate, and how does he feel about the Syrians at this point in the story?

2. Twain and his companions' awe at walking in Jesus' footsteps and perhaps touching the very surface he may have once touched continues. They come to the tiny village of Shunem. What is the village's main attraction for Twain?

3. Describe the actions of the group once the ship drops anchor in Egypt. Who ends up on the ship with them?

4. Describe some of the historical areas that the group can see from the hill 1,200 feet above the Lake of Galilee.

5. Because the travelers are not permitted in Greece, they decide to move on to Turkey. What are some of the dubious customs of Turkey, and what does Twain say about those customs when comparing them to those of America?

6. Despite many precautions, what disease does Twain contract, and what are his theories on how he contracted it?

7. Though most of the towns and villages on their pathway through the Holy Land are a disappointment to Twain, the city of Shechem is a pleasant surprise. Describe what makes Shechem so unique.

8. Mark Twain is eager to oblige the New York Herald's request for a complimentary summary of the excursion . What does Twain do to make the document more readable and user friendly?

9. Describe the scene of the journey to Mary Magdalene's former home in the tiny, extremely impoverished village of Magdala. How do you think the group feels once it has seen Mary's home and is on its way out?

10. In Chapter 60, Twain relates a humorous tale of an experience he had on the ship. What is the tale about, and how does it proceed?

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