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

2. Where do Pascali and Marchant go?

3. What does Bowles believe Germany should do?

4. Who does Pascali follow?

5. Who is uneasy in Lydia's world?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the theme of deceit demonstrated by Bowles during the transaction with Pasha?

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

3. How does Pascali now see Bowles and how might that insight be both inaccurate and dangerous?

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

5. What do you think is Pascali's interpretation of the man he follows and sees laughing with Bowles?

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

7. What is odd about Pascali's reaction to Bowles's not showing up for the meeting?

8. In the end, what do you think Pascali is left with of any value?

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

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

Essay 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

As the novel opens and then moves along to its conclusion, some characters seem to be more different from each other than first appears and some seem more alike to each other than first appears. Choose one of the following and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Compare the character of Pascali from who he seems to be during the first six sections to the person Pascali seems to be in sections 7-16. How is he alike? How different? Which "person" do you like the best? Why? How is Pascali more alike and more different from Bowles at the end then at the beginning?

2. Compare the character of Bowles from who he seems to be during the first seven sections to the person Bowles seems to be in sections 7-16. How is he alike? How different? Which "person" do you like the best? Why? How is Bowles more alike and more different from Pascali at the end then at the beginning?

3. Compare and contrast Lydia, Dr. Hogan, Izzet, and Herr Gesing from who they seem to be when they are first introduced to who they are revealed to be by the end of the story. How much do they either change or become who they really are? Who did you like at first and then dislike by the end of the story--and vice versa?

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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