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. Of what does Bowles accuse Pascali?

2. What does Bowles believe about Greek statues?

3. What does Bowles ask of Pascali?

4. What does Pascali learn about the phrase "terra rossa"?

5. What does Hogan's wife give Pascali?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the previous foreshadowing come to completion in this final section?

2. What is ironic as Pascali reflects on whether to send this latest report to the Sultan?

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

4. In what position does Bowles place Pascali in not meeting with Izzet at the hotel and how is this ironic?

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

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

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

8. What does it suggest to you when Bowles insists on the removal of the soldiers at the evacuation site?

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

10. By this section, can we be certain as to whether Pascali is a reliable narrator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In section 8, at the church, the wax figure of the Saint is brought forward covered by a curtain, where priests prepare him for the reenactment of the Ascension. When the curtain is drawn back, the statue is standing, clothed in robes as has been enacted for years. However, on this day, something has gone wrong and the statue suddenly falls forward, striking the concrete and beheads itself. Choose one of the following and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. In addition to much symbolism in this novel, there are also a number of metaphors. Define metaphor and symbolism and compare the two using specific examples both from the book and other sources. Which do you feel is more effective? Which seems better at expressing the idea of an abstract concept? Why would you use one over the other--give specific examples.

2. For what do you think this scene is a metaphor? Explain using specific examples. Does the metaphor work for you?

3. Write a real or hypothetical situation in your personal experience that includes one or more abstract concepts and then create a metaphor to express that experience. Next, choose a way to use symbolism in the telling of the experience. Which way seems more effective at portraying the experience?

Essay Topic 3

In Section 10, as Pascali walks to the meeting with Izzet for payment, he smells the blood of the sheep slaughter and reflects that he himself feared this death until recently. Answer the following questions by writing a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text, your research or personal experience:

1. There are often meanings in a sentence or word that have what is called a "double entendre" or "adianoeta" (a lesser-used word). The double entendre of the phrase "blood of the sheep slaughter and reflects that he himself feared this death until recently" is quite subtle. How do you think this description has a double entendre? Explain.

2. Find a few examples throughout the book of words and/or phrases that can have a double entendre. Cite each one and the meanings the phrase can have. How does a double entendre enhance the scene, dialog, or meaning?

3. Can you think of instances in your life when you say something that means two different things? What are some examples of double entendre you have used in your own life?

4. What other author have you read that tends to use the double entendre (think Shakespeare, many poets, etc...)? Find examples find some other works and discuss them.

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