Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Pascali see about the papers on the desk?
2. Where do Pascali and Marchant go?
3. What does Bowles believe Germany should do?
4. Who does Pascali follow?
5. Who is uneasy in Lydia's world?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is the theme of deceit demonstrated by Bowles during the transaction with Pasha?
2. What is the meaning of the phrase utriusque capex and how can this ability be useful to a spy?
3. How does Pascali now see Bowles and how might that insight be both inaccurate and dangerous?
4. What historical event is introduced in this section and how is it linked symbolically to the major plot?
5. What do you think is Pascali's interpretation of the man he follows and sees laughing with Bowles?
6. Of what does Pascali warn the Sultan, which taken in historical retrospect is "bad advice"?
7. What is odd about Pascali's reaction to Bowles's not showing up for the meeting?
8. In the end, what do you think Pascali is left with of any value?
9. What is ironic about Pasha buying land from the locals?
10. Discuss the theme of jealousy as it particularly applies to Pascali.
The characters in Pascali's Island are the central focus of the novel; in other words, the characters drive the plot rather than the other way around as is the case in some novels. 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. Write an in-depth character analysis of Pascali. Include a physical description, personality traits, and what beliefs motivate him. What do you like and dislike about this character? Why? Give specific examples.
2. Write an in-depth character analysis of Bowles. Include a physical description, personality traits, and what beliefs motivate him. What do you like and dislike about this character? Why? Give specific examples.
3. Choose three other characters besides Pascali or Bowles and write about them in relationship to both Bowles and Pascali. Are they friendly or hostile to either main character? Explain with examples. What is their purpose(s) in the story?
Pascali seems convinced that his death (at the hands of an assassin) is imminent. Much of what he does is motivated from a sense of self-preservation. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Give the reasons Pascali thinks he has been found out to be a spy. Do they seem valid?
2. How does Pascali think he himself inadvertently "outed" himself as a spy? Give examples. Are the reasons he give ones that would make you suspect someone of being a spy?
3. After Pascali meets up with Politis in section 8, the exchange between the two of them changes Pascali's thoughts about whether the townspeople have figured out he is a spy. How does he change? Does this change seem logical and based on solid reasoning?
4. At the end of the book, Pascali is again waiting for his death, thinking that there are those who want to kill him. What seems to be the truth to you? Is Pascali in danger? Why or why not? Was he ever in danger throughout the entire book? Explain.
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.
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