Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah Test | Final 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. The question that a person does have to ask is, "Is this what I really want __________?"

2. What is Richard's answer about the question of why he dreams about airplanes?

3. Richard is annoyed about never receiving ___________ from Shimoda.

4. The book tells Richard after Shimoda dies that, "Everything in this book may be ___________."

5. What do Richard and Shimoda eat when they are at the cafe together?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Shimoda declare about humans in general? What are they capable of?

2. What does Richard ask Shimoda as they are eating at a cafe in Ryerson, Ohio?

3. Describe the vision that Shimoda walks back with after walking toward the shadow?

4. What happens when Richard is refueling his plane?

5. How does Richard respond to Shimoda's warning that he will lose 90% of his audience if he is not short?

6. What does Shimoda answer when Richard declares being a Master to be frustrating as hell?

7. When does Shimoda confess to feeling lonely in his life?

8. What does Richard answer to Shimoda's question of how Richard can expect to impress the workday world when he runs around as a gypsy pilot?

9. What does Shimoda tell Richard to do in order to help Richard get straight answers from him?

10. What is Richard doing when he overhears his boyhood favorite song, Greensleeves?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Richard begins to have troubles vaporizing clouds at one point, recognizing that he is simply making things too difficult for himself.

Part 1: Why does Richard want to vaporize clouds in the first place?

Part 2: In what way is Richard making the vaporization of clouds too difficult on himself?

Part 3: What is the lesson Richard can extract from this moment of trying to vaporize clouds?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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