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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. 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.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Section 9, the symbolic representation of Bowles' arm and Lydia's body as they made love in Pascali's memory shows Pascali's belief that Bowles and he are unique in their ability to blend reality with lies. 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 the ability to blend reality with lies is unique to Pascali and Bowles in the novel? Who else do you think has this ability? Is it an ability? A defect in character? A psychological problem?

2. How about in "real" life--do you know people who blend reality with lies? Give some examples when you have encountered someone who does this. Did it make you distrust the person?

3. Is there ever a good reason to blend reality with lies? What about for emotional protection when a child is in an abusive situation? Ultimately who is most harmed by someone who blends reality with lies--the one doing it or the one who believes the person? Or both?

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

Section 1 contains many symbolic representations of concepts, many of which are alluded to throughout 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. Follow the images of the sea throughout the novel. How is the sea described physically and what is the symbolic meaning of the descriptions?

2. What items in the first section and following sections are symbolic of violence? Name some and how they represent the idea of violence.

3. How is light discussed in section 6 and what might the images represent symbolically?

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