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 admits to letting the crowd at Troy get to him because he admits to being a _________.

2. How many points is the landing that Shimoda makes, impressing Richard?

3. Shimoda cannot recall this passage about being a Messiah involving _________.

4. What does Richard call the movement of the time period in which people are turning from the material to the spiritual?

5. What kind of biplane does Richard own and use in his gypsy flying business?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the character of Donald Shimoda.

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

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

4. What does Shimoda claim to Richard when they first meet?

5. What does Richard do in order to stop himself from thinking?

6. What is the question Richard then formulates when he begins to do the thing which is the answer to #33?

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

8. What does Richard have to say about life when eating dinner with Shimoda in Hammond, Wisconsin?

9. What do gypsy fliers need in order to fly their planes and to land them in the fields?

10. What does the woman caller say about the idea of "doing what you want?"

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

Richard does have troubles with the idea of walking through walls, even though he has done a number of other things that have proven to him that it can be possible.

Part 1: What are some of the ways in which Richard has begun to break down his ideas of what is real and what is illusion?

Part 2: Why can't Richard make the jump from what he has done to walking through walls?

Part 3: Why doesn't Shimoda just give Richard an answer as to how to walk through walls?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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