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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. Who has recently arrived by boat to the island?
(a) Esmeralda Von Trece.
(b) The Sultan.
(c) No one has arrived to this God forsaken place in months.
(d) Anthony Bowles.

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

3. What does Pascali see about the papers on the desk?
(a) He finds a reference from a Germany company, Mannfeldt, and a map marked in red that includes the area Bowles is researching with the words "terra rossa."
(b) There is a letter from the Sultan.
(c) Two letters addressed to Bowles.
(d) A bank draft from the Ottoman National Bank.

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

5. What does the sound of bleating sheep mean to Pascali as he is walking?
(a) It reminds him of his childhood.
(b) He knows they are being herded to the rebels for food.
(c) He knows they will soon be slaughtered for the Sacrifice Festival.
(d) He remembers the phrase, "the Lion will lie down with the lamb," from his childhood.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Pascali believe about humankind?

2. Who is uneasy in Lydia's world?

3. Who needs Pascali's translation services?

4. Who is Izzet?

5. To whom is Pascali writing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Pascali blends reality and illusion to create realism in imaginary settings?

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

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

4. How does the conversation between Lydia and Pascali about the fisherman show that Lydia is lying?

5. What does Pascali seem to forget when he is rejoicing at the prospect of 150 liras?

6. Why is Pascali very careful about how he describes Bowles to Izzet?

7. How does the symbolism in this section express the duality of the natures of both Bowles and Pascali?

8. How is the slaughter of the sheep symbolic of a "slaughter" that takes place within Pascali?

9. What do you think is one of the main purposes of this short chapter?

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

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