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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 believe about the information he gives Bowles in their conversation?

2. What does Bowles say when asked by Izzet if he has the contract with him?

3. In what areas of Pascali's life is he capable of going both ways (utriusque capex)?

4. How does Bowles think the British operate trade?

5. According to Lydia, what does the Sultan constantly fear?

Short Essay Questions

1. Of what do you think the discussion of morality and self-preservation might be symbolic?

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

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

4. How is the concept of lighting discussed and interpreted by Pascali

5. How does the conversation at dinner reveal much about some of the characters?

6. How do Bowles and Pascali view Lydia's painting differently and what surprises Pascali about the way Lydia and Bowles discuss art?

7. Give a brief analysis of the character of Pascali.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Getting the most out of this novel requires some familiarity with the existing organization of Europe and the Middle East during the time period of 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. What was the Ottoman Empire? What time frame did it span? Who ruled the Empire?

2. What is the political relationships between the Ottoman Empire and major European Countries at that time--particularly to Germany and Britian.

3. How does the Ottoman Empire inform the plot and actions of this novel? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In Section 15, when Pascali is assisting Bowles in digging out the statue, Pascali realizes that, for the first time, he and Bowles are friends, working together for a single goal. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text, your research or personal experience:

1. What goes on between the two men as they are working that changes Pascali's view of Bowles? Do you think this view is just temporary? Why or why not? What about the two men's characters enable them to shift from one way of relating to a different one so easily?

2. Sometimes when two people or groups begin to communicate who they really are, a shifting of viewpoints takes place and former hostility and enmity can be transformed. Discuss this idea first from your personal experience and then in taking a current hostile situation and discuss how this idea could change the situation--this can be hostility between kids at the school you attend (for example, athletes versus "nerds"), your community, town, city, country or country versus country or ethnic group versus ethnic group.

3. What do you think shifts that enables Pascali to betray Bowles? Was Pascali only pretending friendship at the evacuation site? What did you think about the portrayal of these two men as friends and then Pascali turning around and setting up the circumstances of Bowles's death? Did this change your opinion of Pascali? Did you admire him less? Like him less? What do you think Pascali thought about himself after that?

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