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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. Why does Pascali decide to seek out Lydia?
2. What does Pascali's salary not allow him?
3. Why won't Russia, Britain, and France take action against the Ottoman empire?
4. According to Lydia, what does the Sultan constantly fear?
5. Where do Pascali and Marchant go?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the conversation at dinner reveal much about some of the characters?
2. If you were receiving Pascali's spy reports, how would you treat them?
3. Discuss the theme of jealousy as it particularly applies to Pascali.
4. How is the theme of deceit demonstrated by Bowles during the transaction with Pasha?
5. Give a brief analysis of the character of Pascali.
6. How does the conversation between Lydia and Pascali about the fisherman show that Lydia is lying?
7. Of what do you think the discussion of morality and self-preservation might be symbolic?
8. How is the symbolism of the sky and sea used again in this chapter?
9. Of what does the fact that Bowles is walking and talking with Pascali in public remind Pascali?
10. What historical event is introduced in this section and how is it linked symbolically to the major plot?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
In Section 9, the symbolic representation of Bowles' arm and Lydia's body as they made love in Pascali's memory shows Pascali's belief that Bowles and he are unique in their ability to blend reality with lies. 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 the ability to blend reality with lies is unique to Pascali and Bowles in the novel? Who else do you think has this ability? Is it an ability? A defect in character? A psychological problem?
2. How about in "real" life--do you know people who blend reality with lies? Give some examples when you have encountered someone who does this. Did it make you distrust the person?
3. Is there ever a good reason to blend reality with lies? What about for emotional protection when a child is in an abusive situation? Ultimately who is most harmed by someone who blends reality with lies--the one doing it or the one who believes the person? Or both?
Essay Topic 3
Section 1 contains many symbolic representations of concepts, many of which are alluded to throughout 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. Follow the images of the sea throughout the novel. How is the sea described physically and what is the symbolic meaning of the descriptions?
2. What items in the first section and following sections are symbolic of violence? Name some and how they represent the idea of violence.
3. How is light discussed in section 6 and what might the images represent symbolically?
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