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. In what kind of light does Shimoda instruct Richard to visualize his desired objects.

3. What is the name of the host on the talk show Shimoda and Richard are on?

4. What is the first way Richard tries to love the kind, but friendless persona Shimoda pretends to be?

5. It is important to realize all are __________ to do whatever they want.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Shimoda do after Richard states that he thinks he is finally beginning to understand the idea of walking through walls?

2. Why is the song from Richard's boyhood such a strange occurrence?

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

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

5. What does Shimoda think is a great way to run the universe?

6. What does the host of the Jeff Sykes Talk Show suggest about gypsy piloting?

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

8. What is the question Richard then formulates when he begins to do the thing which is the answer to #33?

9. What happens when Richard is refueling his plane?

10. What does Shimoda announce is the reason for Richard being here?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The title of this story seems to be referenced at a number of points, but it doesn't always get fully explained to the reader.

Part 1: Why do you think the title of the book, Illusions?

Part 2: What are some of the illusions pointed out in this story?

Part 3: What is the importance of learning that the world is filled with illusions?

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