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. How does Pascali view Bowles after the meeting with Izzet?

2. Why is Pascali in danger?

3. Of what is Pascali now convinced?

4. What does Pascali take from Bowles' room?

5. Why does Pascali think Bowles despises Pascali?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why do you think Pascali blends reality and illusion to create realism in imaginary settings?

4. What do you think is a possible instance of foreshadowing in this section?

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

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

7. What do you think is one of the main purposes of this short chapter?

8. What do you think is Pascali's interpretation of the man he follows and sees laughing with Bowles?

9. How does the symbolism in this section express the duality of the natures of both Bowles and Pascali?

10. What does Pascali take from Bowles' room and why does this show a different side of Pascali?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Pascali seems convinced that his death (at the hands of an assassin) is imminent. Much of what he does is motivated from a sense of self-preservation. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Give the reasons Pascali thinks he has been found out to be a spy. Do they seem valid?

2. How does Pascali think he himself inadvertently "outed" himself as a spy? Give examples. Are the reasons he give ones that would make you suspect someone of being a spy?

3. After Pascali meets up with Politis in section 8, the exchange between the two of them changes Pascali's thoughts about whether the townspeople have figured out he is a spy. How does he change? Does this change seem logical and based on solid reasoning?

4. At the end of the book, Pascali is again waiting for his death, thinking that there are those who want to kill him. What seems to be the truth to you? Is Pascali in danger? Why or why not? Was he ever in danger throughout the entire book? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

In Section 10, Bowles suggests he is working for another party, a fact that Pascali nearly misses in his desire for money. Pascali's failure to note this detail with more attention shows his deep desire to escape the island, as he is willing to believe anything for an opportunity of a better life. Answer the following questions by writing a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text, your research or personal experience:

1. List some of the reasons Pascali thinks he has a terrible life on the island. Do you think his reasons are valid?

2. Do you think Pascali could have improved his life on the island? How? Why do you think he has not?

3. In Section 6, Pascali thinks eats grapes and halvah and realizes he loves them both, as he loves the island. This seems contradictory to his sometimes desperate desire to leave the island. Discuss how Pascali can both love and hate the island and his life there.

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