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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 direction does Richard fly after the assassination of Shimoda?
2. The truth is that having what you want is not a matter of faith, but a matter of __________.
3. What is the character from the shadow wearing?
4. What does the host of the radio show suggest is somehow illegal?
5. What does not occur, even though the Fleet runs better than ever and does not kill any more bugs?
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. What does Richard conclude about Shimoda and his relationship to the world?
3. When the woman caller demands to know how Shimoda can say the things he does, what does he respond?
4. Why does Richard dream about airplanes when he is sleeping?
5. What does Shimoda announce is the reason for Richard being here?
6. What does Richard continue to do, though the outcome never changes?
7. What does the woman caller say about the idea of "doing what you want?"
8. What is the question Richard then formulates when he begins to do the thing which is the answer to #33?
9. Why did Shimoda add the gore of a shotgun death?
10. What does Shimoda say about the talents and skills Richard and he have?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
This book is a journey for the reader as much as it is a journey for Richard. But Richard's journey seems to take a few turns here and there.
Part 1: What is the point at which Richard seems to accept his spiritual journey?
Part 2: At which points does Richard seem to disbelieve the idea he can become a Master?
Part 3: Does Richard seem to be a good candidate to be a Master? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
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?
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?
This section contains 650 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)