Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah Test | Lesson Plans 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 scene in which Shimoda uses the thought form to help make his point with Richard is a striking one.

Part 1: Describe the thought form that Shimoda uses to make his point with Richard.

Part 2: What is the purpose of the thought form tool in the teaching of a Master?

Part 3: What was the specific purpose of this thought form in relation to Richard's lessons?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of a Messiah being able to quit is a unique idea in the eyes of most readers.

Part 1: How is the term Messiah defined in this story?

Part 2: Why does Shimoda want to quit his position as a Messiah?

Part 3: How does Shimoda end up quitting his role as the Master or Messiah?

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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