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 do people say, according to Shimoda, in order to avoid responsibility?

2. What does Richard cook when he wakes up in the morning next to his plane?

3. Shimoda says: Once one learns what the world is and how it works, one _________ performs so-called miracles.

4. Richard says that being ___________ and finished is boring.

5. What kind of plane makes Richard land his plane in order to get a better look?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Donald W. Shimoda retire from being, according to the beginning of the story?

2. Why does Richard find it difficult to look at Shimoda too closely?

3. What is the passage Shimoda shares with Richard after the situation that occurs in #19?

4. What message from the book does Richard think does not apply to him?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shimoda's plane is a unique one, one that Richard can not help but admire and desire.

Part 1: What kind of plane does Shimoda have?

Part 2: What is so special about Shimoda's plane?

Part 3: Why doesn't anyone besides Richard notice that Shimoda's plane is special?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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