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. Where does Shimoda go to stand when he asks Richard to watch him?

2. Richard tells Shimoda he will give him his plane because Richard believes one day he will not need it in order to _______.

3. Shimoda asks Richard if giving three dollar _____ will teach him what he wants to know.

4. In what state do Richard and Shimoda have dinner at the start of the chapter?

5. Richard dreams about a ___________ of humanity pouring against a man.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Richard dream about airplanes when he is sleeping?

2. What does Richard ask Shimoda as they are eating at a cafe in Ryerson, Ohio?

3. What does Richard dream about before he is awakened at 3:00 A.M., happy about the dream?

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

5. What does Shimoda say about the talents and skills Richard and he have?

6. Why did Shimoda add the gore of a shotgun death?

7. How does Shimoda respond when the talk show host infers the idea that gypsy piloting is illegal?

8. Why is Shimoda suddenly furious with Richard about his question about the landing?

9. What is a thought form used for, according to Shimoda?

10. What does Richard do in order to readjust to the loneliness of not having Shimoda around?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The references to Christianity are many in this book. They allow the reader to see the similarities in the stories, as well as some obvious differences.

Part 1: Cite at least two scenes that might be comparable to Biblical stories.

Part 2: Might Shimoda be the person some call Jesus? Why or why not?

Part 3: What does this book seem to be saying about the idea of religion?

Essay Topic 2

The scene in which Richard and Shimoda go to the movies is an interesting one, one that seems to have a number of layers to it - as well as lessons.

Part 1: Describe the scene in which Richard and Shimoda go to the movies.

Part 2: How does Shimoda challenge Richard when they are at the movie?

Part 3: What does Richard learn from going to the movies with Shimoda?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of flying is symbolic in a number of ways in this story. The planes which fly are gypsy planes, unchecked and possibly illegal.

Part 1: Describe the idea of gypsy flying. What does it entail?

Part 2: How does the idea of flying relate to the idea of being a Messiah?

Part 3: What does flying symbolize to Richard during the story?

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