Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What did Donald W. Shimoda retire from being, according to the beginning of the story?

Donald W. Shimoda retired from being the Messiah, according to the beginning of the story.

2. Why do Shimoda's bosses ask him to leave the auto repair shop where he initially works?

Shimoda's bosses ask him to leave because throngs of people come into visit him there in order to obtain advice from him.

3. What does Shimoda tell people they are in control of, though always in the parable format?

Shimoda tells people they are always in control of whether to be healthy or to be sick, rich or poor, free or slaves.

4. Describe the story the Messiah uses in order to answer the millworker's objection that the Master does not have to work.

There was a village of creatures at the bottom of a river. The creatures resist the current, but one creature decides to let the current take him away, which leads to the creature being deemed a Messiah. The creature denies he is powerful, but that the creature's true work lies in the voyage, the adventure.

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