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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. How has Mahmoud Pasha been inadvertently contributing to the rebel cause?
(a) Buying up land held by locals for unfair prices.
(b) By seducing so many of the local women.
(c) Allowing the rebels to use his lands for a low price for supposedly hunting purposes.
(d) In enacting harsh laws that make little sense.

2. Who is Herr Gesing?
(a) A former Nazi.
(b) The cousin to the Sultan through marriage.
(c) The heir to the German beer manufacturer.
(d) A German commercial agent.

3. What is the overarching emotion that the newcomer exudes?
(a) Confidence.
(b) Excitement.
(c) Timidity.
(d) Boredom.

4. Of what does Izzet warn Pascali?
(a) That Pascali will be held personally responsible for the remaining money owed to Pasha.
(b) That Pascali must supervise Bowles's access.
(c) That the contract will not be in force until they receive the rest of the money.
(d) That Bowles will be arrested if he violates any of the contract.

5. What does Pascali note about the fisherman Hassan?
(a) That he seldom brings back a full boat.
(b) That he throws his fishing net perfectly into the water.
(c) That he goes to secret meetings every Tuesday.
(d) That his daughter is very attractive.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the motivating factor in Izzet agreeing to meet with Bowles?

2. Who seems surprised at the number of objects within the room?

3. Who is Izzet?

4. What does Pascali think he has found?

5. To what does he admit concerning the Turks and Greeks?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a theme that predominates this section?

2. Of what do you think the discussion of morality and self-preservation might be symbolic?

3. What is the meaning of the phrase utriusque capex and how can this ability be useful to a spy?

4. What are some of the signs of violence/tension that seem just below the surface in Pascali?

5. Discuss the theme of jealousy as it particularly applies to Pascali.

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

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

8. What are some images that seem to suggest the violence that is simmering just below the surface on this island?

9. How does Pascali represent the theme of violence symbolically?

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

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