The Robe 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. Who does Lucia's father, Marcus Gallio, insult in the senate?

2. When Demetrius shows Marcellus the Robe, how does Marcellus react?

3. Who is the deliverer the Jews are waiting for?

4. Who are Helen and Nesta?

5. What are Marcellus's orders from Prince Gaius?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Marcellus's condition when Demetrius returns home with him?

2. Why does Benjamin question Demetrius so intently about Jesus in Chapter 9?

3. In Chapter 1, Marcus asks Lucia why she is being so unusually considerate of the new twin slaves, Helen and Nesta. What is Lucia's response?

4. Why is Marcellus's being sent to a post in Minoa considered to be a form of exile for him?

5. How does Marcellus find himself comparing Jesus to Plato?

6. What does Demetrius tell Marcellus about his belief in the gods?

7. When Marcellus tells Demetrius to give him the robe during the banquet at the Insula, why does Demetrius hesitate?

8. Why is Lucia so upset when Marcellus tells her that he laughed at Prince Gaius and his son at the previous night's banquet?

9. How does Marcellus come to own Jesus's robe?

10. Why does Pontius Pilate wash his hands in a basin in view of the civilian audience of Jewish merchants?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Marcellus is ordered to command the fort in Minoa. What are Marcellus's tactics for taking command of the fort? What obstacles must he overcome in order to assert his authority?

Essay Topic 2

Paulus is amazed with Marcellus's involvement with the followers of Jesus. They converse about the stories of Jesus performing miracles and whether or not Marcellus believes in any of it. Is Paulus's respect and admiration for Marcellus changing? What, if anything, in Paulus's words to Marcellus indicate a change in his estimation of the man? Can Paulus possibly be converted to seeing things from Marcellus's point of view?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 21, the emperor forces Marcellus to leave Capri at once, telling him he is a fool. What does Tiberius have planned for Marcellus? Why would he not have him arrested for treason? Is it in Tiberius's interest to have Diana married off to Gaius instead of Marcellus?

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