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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. How does Julian react when Anton speaks about how glad he will be when the nobleman has gone?

2. What does the King instruct the Monk to tell Ignatius?

3. In front of the tower, why does Olivier bully and berate a young Recruit?

4. Ignatius says everything the King is and has ever been is nothing but what?

5. The King talks at length about how his kingdom is falling apart and how he plans to attack who?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Olivier grab a weapon? What does Andrew do with the weapon? Why?

2. What suddenly happens to Sigismund?

3. What does the Peasant Woman try to get Sigismund to do? How does he respond?

4. What does the Noble Officer say about the war?

5. What does Sigismund say when he sees the Doctor's shocked expression?

6. Why does the King believe he must be listened to?

7. What does the Doctor think about the Prisoner's soul?

8. For what does the King blame Julian?

9. How does this scene begin?

10. How does this act begin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Negative comments are made about Jews.

Part 1) What are the comments that are made? Why are they made?

Part 2) How would audiences in 1930s Germany react to these comments? Would their reactions different from how audiences would react today? Why or why not?

Part 3) What is the author's opinion of Jews, based on this play? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Aspects of both Sigismund and Christ's lives are violent.

Part 1) How are their lives violent? Why are they violent?

Part 2) How does this violence affect each of them? Are they affected the same way? Why or why not?

Part 3) To what end does this violence lead for both Sigismund and Christ? What message does this send to the audience?

Essay Topic 3

Sigismund's sanity is questioned in Act. 4.

Part 1) Describe Sigismund in this act. Why is his sanity questioned?

Part 2) What is your conclusion to this question regarding his sanity? Why?

Part 3) How might this relate to Christ and the people with which he came into contact?

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