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. How does Pascali portray Bowles?

2. Instead of death, with what is Pascali concerned in this section?

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

4. What is Pascali's purpose on the island?

5. What do Lydia and Pascali talk about concerning the boats?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Lydia report about the Sultan and how does this report impact Pascali?

3. How is the concept of lighting discussed and interpreted by Pascali

4. What are some signs of the high level of tension present on the island?

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

6. How is the symbolism of the sky and sea used again in this chapter?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of themes that run as a thread throughout the novel. 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. Trace the development of the political theme. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of the existing political situation during this novel.

2. Trace the development of the theme of duality. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of the how the concept of duality manifest in character personalities and in the physical setting.

3. Trace the development of the theme of deception. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis as to why this theme is central to the novel's plot.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In Section 10, as Pascali walks to the meeting with Izzet for payment, he smells the blood of the sheep slaughter and reflects that he himself feared this death until recently. Answer the following questions by writing a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text, your research or personal experience:

1. There are often meanings in a sentence or word that have what is called a "double entendre" or "adianoeta" (a lesser-used word). The double entendre of the phrase "blood of the sheep slaughter and reflects that he himself feared this death until recently" is quite subtle. How do you think this description has a double entendre? Explain.

2. Find a few examples throughout the book of words and/or phrases that can have a double entendre. Cite each one and the meanings the phrase can have. How does a double entendre enhance the scene, dialog, or meaning?

3. Can you think of instances in your life when you say something that means two different things? What are some examples of double entendre you have used in your own life?

4. What other author have you read that tends to use the double entendre (think Shakespeare, many poets, etc...)? Find examples find some other works and discuss them.

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