Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. The two main characters in this story - Richard and Shimoda - are the central focus of the story, even though this is a story about the idea of illusions.
Part 1: Describe the character of Richard at the start of the story.
Part 2: Describe the character of Shimoda.
Part 3: How do each of the characters change during the course of the story?
2. The idea of a Messiah being able to quit is a unique idea in the eyes of most readers.
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