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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Lydia think free expression does?
(a) It makes one think the impossible is possible.
(b) It encourages the irrational.
(c) It spills over into dangerous areas such as politics.
(d) It encourages imprecision.

2. What does Pascali believe about harmony.
(a) That only the dead understand harmony.
(b) That it works in music but not politics.
(c) That it is unobtainable.
(d) That it cannot be attained without discord.

3. What does Pascali realize he loves as he loves the island?
(a) Grapes and halvah.
(b) Halvah and humus.
(c) Olives and grapes.
(d) Grapes and humus.

4. What does Pascali think when he sees what is happening on the shoreline?
(a) That all around him, the world is preparing for violence.
(b) That Bowles and Lydia are definitely together.
(c) That Smith is probably unloading guns.
(d) That the gulls are merely imitating humankind.

5. How does Pascali portray Bowles?
(a) As a wealthy German.
(b) As a naive Englishman.
(c) As a possible spy.
(d) As a world-renowned archeologist.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who owns the lands where the Sanctuary of Artemis is located?

2. What could deaths on the island do?

3. What meetings does Pascali stop attending months ago?

4. What is the overarching emotion that the newcomer exudes?

5. How does Bowles think the British operate trade?

Short Essay Questions

1. Of what does Pascali warn the Sultan, which taken in historical retrospect is "bad advice"?

2. How does the conversation at dinner reveal much about some of the characters?

3. How is Pascali's visit to Lydia a metaphor for the Ottoman Empire?

4. Describe the presentation of the wax figure of the Saint and how you might interpret this event.

5. What historical event is introduced in this section and how is it linked symbolically to the major plot?

6. What is ironic about Pasha buying land from the locals?

7. How does Pascali seem to view the idea of violence in this section?

8. How might Pascali actually be creating a wall between him and the townspeople and then misinterpreting the townspeople's actions?

9. How do Bowles and Pascali view Lydia's painting differently and what surprises Pascali about the way Lydia and Bowles discuss art?

10. What does Bowles ostensibly say is his interest in the Sanctuary of Artemis?

(see the answer keys)

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