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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 Herr Gesing believe about British trade?

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

3. What do the Greeks do at the Sanctuary of Artemis?

4. Instead of death, with what is Pascali concerned in this section?

5. Who has recently arrived by boat to the island?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is a theme that predominates this section?

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

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

10. How does the conversation between Lydia and Pascali about the fisherman show that Lydia is lying?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pascali seems convinced that his death (at the hands of an assassin) is imminent. Much of what he does is motivated from a sense of self-preservation. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Give the reasons Pascali thinks he has been found out to be a spy. Do they seem valid?

2. How does Pascali think he himself inadvertently "outed" himself as a spy? Give examples. Are the reasons he give ones that would make you suspect someone of being a spy?

3. After Pascali meets up with Politis in section 8, the exchange between the two of them changes Pascali's thoughts about whether the townspeople have figured out he is a spy. How does he change? Does this change seem logical and based on solid reasoning?

4. At the end of the book, Pascali is again waiting for his death, thinking that there are those who want to kill him. What seems to be the truth to you? Is Pascali in danger? Why or why not? Was he ever in danger throughout the entire book? Explain.

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

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?

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