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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. Richard cannot picture Jesus returning to being a _____________.

3. When the creature wants to let go of the river, others tell him that he will be killed faster by letting go than by __________.

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

5. Shimoda cautions Richard that he should not get __________ attached to his attempts with the clouds.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What cares nothing about human illusions and games?

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

4. What happens when Shimoda tosses Richard a wrench as they are working on the engine?

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

6. What is the non-miracle that Shimoda wants Richard to see?

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

10. What does Shimoda say to Richard's question about the pages in the book not being numbered?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shimoda tries to test Richard's thinking to see how far along he has advanced in his training to become a Master.

Part 1: What is the question Richard is asked when Shimoda tests him in Chapter 15?

Part 2: What is the long-winded response that Richard gives in response to Shimoda's question?

Part 3: What is the more condensed answer Richard gives?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Shimoda's quitting his role as the Mechanic Messiah or the American Avatar is one that continues to show readers a new side of being all knowing and all powerful.

Part 1: Why has Shimoda decided to come back to everyday life as a pilot after being the Master?

Part 2: What are some of the problems with coming back to everyday life after having been a Messiah?

Part 3: What is Shimoda's opinion of Jesus and his role as a Messiah? What does he think about the idea of Jesus quitting his job?

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