Pascali's Island Test | Mid-Book 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. Of what does Pascali become painfully aware?

2. What does Pascali think about him and this recent arrival?

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

4. Of what is Pascali's observation about Hassan a symbol?

5. How has Pascali betrayed himself as a spy unintentionally?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the theme of deceit demonstrated by Bowles during the transaction with Pasha?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Section 16, the final section of the book, Pascali ends his report with a rather horrific recounting of the deaths of Bowles, Lydia, Smith and six others. Answer the following questions by writing a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text, your research or personal experience:

1. Do you think Bowles, Lydia and Smith and the workers deserve their fates? Why or why not?

2. Would Bowles have still attempted to steal the statue had he known there was the possibility of it ending as it did? What might Bowles has said to Lydia with his dying breath? Is he responsible for her death? Or is she totally responsible by the choices she makes?

3. Who is most to blame for all these death? Pasha? Bowles? The Rebels? Pascali? Or is each of them partially to blame? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

In Section 5, Pascali notes his position of "utriusque capex" in both religion and sexuality. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Research and define the phrase "utriusque capax." What language is it? Why would Pascali be using this language? How is this phrase apropos for Pascali? Give specific examples.

2. The phrase "utriusque capax" is used in a few fields--psychology (Jungian), alchemy and music. Choose one of these areas and discuss what the phrase means in that field giving specific examples.

3. It seems that a person who is able to be capable of both (a loose translation of the phrase "utriusque capax") would make an excellent spy. Choose to defend or argue against that idea using examples from the text and personal knowledge.

Essay Topic 3

Getting the most out of this novel requires some familiarity with the existing organization of Europe and the Middle East during the time period of the novel. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. What was the Ottoman Empire? What time frame did it span? Who ruled the Empire?

2. What is the political relationships between the Ottoman Empire and major European Countries at that time--particularly to Germany and Britian.

3. How does the Ottoman Empire inform the plot and actions of this novel? Give examples.

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