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. Shimoda says many beginners do ___________ in their sleep.

2. Shimoda gives Richard a book that is apparently what Masters use in order to train themselves to become Masters. What is it called?

3. Richard flees because he is unsure he will be __________ with Shimoda.

4. Richard gets annoyed with Shimoda and his discussions because everything Richard says is ___________.

5. Shimoda says that his landing can be explained by the simple statement that the world and everything in it are ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Shimoda announce is the reason for Richard being here?

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

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

5. What is the non-miracle that Shimoda wants Richard to see?

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

7. What does Richard conclude about Shimoda and his relationship to the world?

8. Describe the vision that Shimoda walks back with after walking toward the shadow?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The book Shimoda gives to Richard reveals as many questions as the answers it provides to a person who reads it.

Part 1: What might this Savior's Manual be akin to in real life? What books in real life might provide the same counsel?

Part 2: Why might Richard need to be given a book to learn from, rather than being taught what he needs to know?

Part 3: Why doesn't the book give direct answers to those who read it?

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 title of this story seems to be referenced at a number of points, but it doesn't always get fully explained to the reader.

Part 1: Why do you think the title of the book, Illusions?

Part 2: What are some of the illusions pointed out in this story?

Part 3: What is the importance of learning that the world is filled with illusions?

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