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. The mind, or imagination, is life's _____________, according to Richard's observations.

2. What does Shimoda say in response to Richard's question of how Shimoda found him?

3. What do the crowds that follow the Messiah call him, besides "Messiah" and "Master?"

4. Richard cannot picture Jesus returning to being a _____________.

5. What is different about this book that Richard notices when he opens up the pages and flips around?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does Shimoda confess to feeling lonely in his life?

2. What does Shimoda declare about humans in general? What are they capable of?

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

4. What does Shimoda tell Richard to do in order to vaporize clouds?

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

6. What does Richard see for the first time in years when he is flying over Ferris, Indiana?

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

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

9. What is Richard doing when he overhears his boyhood favorite song, Greensleeves?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The assassination of Shimoda has been alluded to throughout the book, though it's no less shocking when it does happen.

Part 1: Describe the scene in which Shimoda is killed.

Part 2: What is Richard's reaction to the killing of Shimoda?

Part 3: What is the result of Shimoda's assassination? What happened to Richard as a result?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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