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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 think about him and this recent arrival?

2. What does Lydia notice that delights Pascali?

3. What does Pascali see about the papers on the desk?

4. Who does Pascali wonder might be the leak as to his spy activities?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss the theme of jealousy as it particularly applies to Pascali.

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

4. What is a theme that predominates this section?

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

6. Name a metaphor or symbol that occurs in this section and what it represents.

7. What does Bowles ostensibly say is his interest in the Sanctuary of Artemis?

8. What are some images that seem to suggest the violence that is simmering just below the surface on this island?

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

10. Describe the presentation of the wax figure of the Saint and how you might interpret this event.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pascali is constantly projecting personality traits, beliefs, or motives upon other characters. Answer the following questions by writing a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text, your research or personal experience:

1. What does it mean to project motives or traits upon someone else? Give a couple examples from your own experience when you or someone you know has projected a motive, trait, or belief upon someone else.

2. Name four instances when Pascali projects personality traits, beliefs, or motives upon other characters. How accurate is he?

3. Why do you think Pascali projects personality traits, beliefs, or motives upon other characters? How can projecting cause one to be taken off guard by someone some day? Does that happen in the case of Pascali?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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