Pascali's Island Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what does Pascali write to the Sultan in this section?

2. What shocking news does Bowles give Pascali?

3. Why do Pascali and Bowles meet with Izzet at the hotel?

4. What view of the world do Bowles and Pascali have in common?

5. Of what is Pascali now convinced?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of themes that run as a thread throughout the novel. 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. Trace the development of the political theme. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of the existing political situation during this novel.

2. Trace the development of the theme of duality. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of the how the concept of duality manifest in character personalities and in the physical setting.

3. Trace the development of the theme of deception. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis as to why this theme is central to the novel's plot.

Essay Topic 2

In section 7, as Pascali readies for the meeting with Pasha, he is again disturbed by Bowles' consistent maintenance of a sense of moral superiority. This statement could be considered ironic for several reasons. 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 the concept of irony?

2. Why could the statement above be considered ironic? Use examples and detail in your explanation.

3. Pascali has a number of thoughts or makes statements that are ironic, though he seldom realizes this fact. Go through the text and find several instances of ironic thoughts or statements from Pascali and explain the situation and why you believe it to be ironic.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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