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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 parallel does Pascali see with his report?

2. What two people does Pascali notice out of the window at Pasha's office who seem to be arguing.

3. Who needs Pascali's translation services?

4. Why won't Russia, Britain, and France take action against the Ottoman empire?

5. What do the Turks do at the Sanctuary of Artemis?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the meaning of the phrase utriusque capex and how can this ability be useful to a spy?

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

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

6. What is ironic about Pasha buying land from the locals?

7. What are some clues that Pascali thinks he has inadvertently given as to his status as a spy?

8. How might Pascali actually be creating a wall between him and the townspeople and then misinterpreting the townspeople's actions?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Greed informs the actions of many of the characters and ultimately leads to the actual deaths of several of them. Answer the following questions by writing a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text, your research or personal experience:

1. List the major characters in order of how greedy they seem to be; include Pascali, Bowles, Lydia, Pasha, Izzet, and Smith--and any others you choose. How does greed affect each character?

2. Why do you put whoever you chose in the position of being the greediest? The least greedy? Do you consider any of the major characters as not having any inclinations towards greed? Why or why not?

3. Do you think any of these characters are justified in being greedy? Why or why not? Is greed EVER justified? Why or why not.

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