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. Richard will need to give himself conscious __________ to do things he wants to do.

2. Richard tells Shimoda as he is dying that he didn't think Shimoda had any ____________.

3. Shimoda worries about Richard not liking ____________, but Richard admits he enjoys bouncing ideas around, if not being worshiped or depended on.

4. Shimoda can do anything because he _________ he knows.

5. The book tells Richard that a happy and free life requires that ______ be sacrificed.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Richard dream about airplanes when he is sleeping?

2. What does Shimoda say about the talents and skills Richard and he have?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why did Shimoda add the gore of a shotgun death?

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

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 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.

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