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

2. Of what does Pascali remind the Sultan?

3. For how much does Bowles obtain the lease?

4. Who suddenly calls from the next room?

5. What does Pascali tell Bowles he would not be allowed to do even with a lease?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is a theme that predominates this section?

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

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

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

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

9. How does Pascali seem to view the idea of violence in this section?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In section 8, at the church, the wax figure of the Saint is brought forward covered by a curtain, where priests prepare him for the reenactment of the Ascension. When the curtain is drawn back, the statue is standing, clothed in robes as has been enacted for years. However, on this day, something has gone wrong and the statue suddenly falls forward, striking the concrete and beheads itself. Choose one of the following and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. In addition to much symbolism in this novel, there are also a number of metaphors. Define metaphor and symbolism and compare the two using specific examples both from the book and other sources. Which do you feel is more effective? Which seems better at expressing the idea of an abstract concept? Why would you use one over the other--give specific examples.

2. For what do you think this scene is a metaphor? Explain using specific examples. Does the metaphor work for you?

3. Write a real or hypothetical situation in your personal experience that includes one or more abstract concepts and then create a metaphor to express that experience. Next, choose a way to use symbolism in the telling of the experience. Which way seems more effective at portraying the experience?

Essay Topic 2

There seems to be a high level of tension on this Greek Island as there are rebel forces wanting to overthrow the occupation government (that of the Ottoman Empire). Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. What are some of the scenes that show the tension between the rebels and the powers in control of the island? Who seems to have the upper hand? Why?

2. What imagery throughout the book supports the idea of rebellion and change? Give specific examples.

3. If you were asked to predict how likely it is that this island would revert back to Greek control, what would you answer? Why? Give specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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