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. What does not occur, even though the Fleet runs better than ever and does not kill any more bugs?

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

3. Richard believes being a Master is ____________.

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

5. What does Shimoda vanish through, just as Richard is beginning to understand the lesson of the wall?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is a thought form used for, according to Shimoda?

4. What causes Richard to threaten violence to the vision Shimoda shows to Richard?

5. How does Shimoda respond when the talk show host infers the idea that gypsy piloting is illegal?

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

7. What is the concise answer Richard gives to Shimoda's question from #45?

8. When the woman caller demands to know how Shimoda can say the things he does, what does he respond?

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

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

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

The scene in which Richard and Shimoda go to the movies is an interesting one, one that seems to have a number of layers to it - as well as lessons.

Part 1: Describe the scene in which Richard and Shimoda go to the movies.

Part 2: How does Shimoda challenge Richard when they are at the movie?

Part 3: What does Richard learn from going to the movies with Shimoda?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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