Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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.
In Section 15, Pascali realizes Bowles believes himself to be on a mission from a higher power and that the balance between his zest for archeology and his drive for financial gain has broken, leaving him nearly insane Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text, your research or personal experience:
1. Pascali makes a pretty astute observation about Bowles. What do you think the phrase means--the balance between his zest for archeology and his drive for financial gain has broken leaving him [Bowles] nearly insane. Give examples from the entire book that has lead up to this moment.
2. In "real" life, most of us are at times driven to compromise between two things--sometimes both seem to be necessary evils; sometime one seems necessary, but it conflicts with something else that is only wanted; sometimes it can be a conflict between two things you want, neither which are essential for health and well being. Write about a time in your life when you were torn between two things, both of which you wanted, but which if one was achieved, the other had to be compromised or abandoned.
3. Do you think many people who "go off the deep end" and commit such horrible acts as mass shootings are people who are extremely conflicted by warring wants/natures? Discuss this idea using specific examples.
In Section 16, the final section of the book, Pascali ends his report with a rather horrific recounting of the deaths of Bowles, Lydia, Smith and six others. 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 Bowles, Lydia and Smith and the workers deserve their fates? Why or why not?
2. Would Bowles have still attempted to steal the statue had he known there was the possibility of it ending as it did? What might Bowles has said to Lydia with his dying breath? Is he responsible for her death? Or is she totally responsible by the choices she makes?
3. Who is most to blame for all these death? Pasha? Bowles? The Rebels? Pascali? Or is each of them partially to blame? Explain.
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?
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