Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah 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. What is rolled forward when Shimoda and his passenger eventually land at the field again?

2. Shimoda says no one else likes Richard's breakfast choice because only Richard believes it _________.

3. What does the man in the wheelchair do that makes the scene look staged, according to Richard?

4. Choosing a different _________ boggles Richard's mind.

5. ___________ cares noting about human illusions and games and knows only itself and humans in its perfect, finished likeness.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why hasn't returning to normal life been easy for Shimoda?

2. What are two names Shimoda admits to being representative of who he really is?

3. What does Shimoda assure Richard about the training to be a Messiah?

4. What must people do in order to enjoy life and to experience the illusion of time and space?

5. What does Shimoda say when Richard asks him why no one likes his pan-bread?

6. What passage can Shimoda not recall as Richard is flipping through the section on Perspective?

7. What does Richard answer when Shimoda asks him why he is at the movie?

8. What leaves Richard dumbfounded after he tries to impress Shimoda with a show-off landing?

9. When Richard cannot vaporize clouds, what does he realize about the process?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shimoda seems to make things look too easy, frustrating Richard a number of times during the story.

Part 1: What are some of the things Shimoda does that appear to be too easy?

Part 2: How does Richard react to the times when Shimoda does things so effortlessly?

Part 3: What does it say about the idea of a Messiah that they can do things easily? Is it just because they're better people or is there another reason?

Essay Topic 2

The theme of 'like attracting like' is another idea that continues to emerge and to develop as the story unfolds.

Part 1: Explain the idea of 'like attracts like.'

Part 2: What is the first example of like attracting like in this story?

Part 3: Cite at least two other ways in which 'like attracts like' in this story.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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