Pascali's Island Test | Final 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. Who does Dr. Hogan say is the man to whom Bowles was talking?

2. How does Pascali close his report?

3. What kind of image does Pascali think Bowles projects?

4. Who does Bowles leave to meet?

5. What shocking news does Bowles give Pascali?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Pascali continues to let Bowles dictate the terms of their interaction?

2. What evidence is there that Pascali may be in danger?

3. When you read that Bowles does not show up at the hotel for his meeting with Izzet, are you surprised?

4. How do you think Pascali's perception of Bowles relationship to Pascali enables Pascali to rationalize his blackmail of Bowles?

5. Summarize the interaction between Pascali and Bowles just before Pascali leaves the evacuation site and explain if you think Pascali intends to follow through on the agreement with Bowles.

6. Explain how Pascali and Bowles agree again to be allies and whether you think either man is sincere.

7. Is there anything in this section that gives a different view of Bowles and perhaps makes him a more likable character?

8. Explain what Pascali has figured out and how Bowles fits into the picture.

9. Summarize the interaction between Pascali and Bowles and one probable hidden meaning.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Section 5, Pascali notes his position of "utriusque capex" in both religion and sexuality. 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. Research and define the phrase "utriusque capax." What language is it? Why would Pascali be using this language? How is this phrase apropos for Pascali? Give specific examples.

2. The phrase "utriusque capax" is used in a few fields--psychology (Jungian), alchemy and music. Choose one of these areas and discuss what the phrase means in that field giving specific examples.

3. It seems that a person who is able to be capable of both (a loose translation of the phrase "utriusque capax") would make an excellent spy. Choose to defend or argue against that idea using examples from the text and personal knowledge.

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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