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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 the Master, as referenced in the title, originally have a job when he is found to be a Messiah?

2. From what state does the Master in question in this book emerge?

3. Choosing a different _________ boggles Richard's mind.

4. What does Richard think is trying to replace his own thinking, thus he tells himself not to listen to it?

5. What does Shimoda say he wants Richard to witness as they are in an isolated field on the Illinois-Indiana state line?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What cares nothing about human illusions and games?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Shimoda seems to work miracles during the story, even though they might not appear to be miracles to anyone but the ones to which they happen.

Part 1: Describe what happens with the old man and the 10-year-girl when they encounter Shimoda.

Part 2: Describe what happens with the man in the wheelchair when he encounters Shimoda.

Part 3: Why doesn't anyone notice these miracles as being miracles?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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