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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 does a lack of the true effects of lighting cause Lydia's painting to look according to Pascali?
(a) It causes unnatural shadows.
(b) It gives a pastoral glow to the painting that is unreal.
(c) It makes landscapes seem nearly like hallucinations.
(d) It distorts perspective.

2. What does Pascali's salary not allow him?
(a) Fine cigars.
(b) A trip to the redlight district.
(c) Fine wines.
(d) Transportation services.

3. What does Pascali see about the papers on the desk?
(a) Two letters addressed to Bowles.
(b) 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."
(c) A bank draft from the Ottoman National Bank.
(d) There is a letter from the Sultan.

4. What parallel does Pascali see with his report?
(a) The German trade.
(b) The island.
(c) The rotting empire.
(d) The almost-erupting volcano.

5. Where do Pascali and Marchant go?
(a) To the Sanctuary of Artemis.
(b) To Pascali's apartment.
(c) To the mainland.
(d) To the church to witness the festival.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what areas of Pascali's life is he capable of going both ways (utriusque capex)?

2. To what predicament do Pascali's thoughts return?

3. What does Pascali say he does to his stories?

4. Why do the expensive objects in Pasha's home dismay Pascali?

5. What does Pascali believe about the information he gives Bowles in their conversation?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is a theme that predominates this section?

4. In continuing his report to the Sultan, what parallels does Pascali note?

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

6. What seems to suggest that Bowles knows more about the local situation than he pretends?

7. Of what does the fact that Bowles is walking and talking with Pascali in public remind Pascali?

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

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

10. If you were receiving Pascali's spy reports, how would you treat them?

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