Pascali's Island Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. What does Bowles claim to Pasha that he has found?

3. Who owns the lands where the Sanctuary of Artemis is located?

4. Why does Pascali need new glasses?

5. What does Pascali see on the shore line as he passes by?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What historical event is introduced in this section and how is it linked symbolically to the major plot?

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

5. What is a theme that predominates this section?

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

7. What is one theme that seems to be developing in this section?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of morality is introduced in Section 2 and is an integral part of understanding both the characters and the plot. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. How would you define morality as it is used in this novel?

2. Do all the characters have the same definition of morality? How do the characters differ in the way they perceive morality and in how they perceive themselves as moral people?

3. How important is it to Bowles, Lydia, Pascali and Gesing that they are perceived as moral people? Give examples to illustrate each person's belief. How important is it to each of those characters that they are actually moral people? Is there a discrepancy? Why do you think this is?

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

In Section 10, as Pascali walks to the meeting with Izzet for payment, he smells the blood of the sheep slaughter and reflects that he himself feared this death until recently. Answer the following questions by writing a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text, your research or personal experience:

1. There are often meanings in a sentence or word that have what is called a "double entendre" or "adianoeta" (a lesser-used word). The double entendre of the phrase "blood of the sheep slaughter and reflects that he himself feared this death until recently" is quite subtle. How do you think this description has a double entendre? Explain.

2. Find a few examples throughout the book of words and/or phrases that can have a double entendre. Cite each one and the meanings the phrase can have. How does a double entendre enhance the scene, dialog, or meaning?

3. Can you think of instances in your life when you say something that means two different things? What are some examples of double entendre you have used in your own life?

4. What other author have you read that tends to use the double entendre (think Shakespeare, many poets, etc...)? Find examples find some other works and discuss them.

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