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. Why does Pascali want to leave the island?

2. How much does Izzet then offer?

3. Why does Bowles refuse the offer?

4. When Pascali meets Izzet the next time, what does Izzet want?

5. Why does Bowles want to leave the situation for a few days?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Pascali seem to forget when he is rejoicing at the prospect of 150 liras?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How is the slaughter of the sheep symbolic of a "slaughter" that takes place within Pascali?

9. 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.

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

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

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 3

In Section 7, while Pascali and Bowles are waiting for an audience with Pasha and Izzet, Pascali looks around the room at the many expensive imports. He finds himself filled with a sense of injustice knowing these objects have been obtained through suffering and extortion. He can almost hear them shriek. 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 considering everything that is revealed throughout the novel, what sort of suffering and extortion do you think has taken place and by whom? Give examples from the novel and from extrapolating likely scenarios from the hints provided in the novel.

2. What does it say about Pascali as an extortionist himself (as occurs in Sections 9, 10) that he is appalled by other extortionist? Or is his justifiable extortion versus some other type? Or do these thoughts here give him the idea to later try to extort money out of Bowles and at this moment, he wouldn't consider extortion?

3. Many times the behavior of one is merely a continuation of behaviors from those in authority over the one. For example, Izzet is answerable to Pasha who is answerable to someone who is answerable to someone else, all the way up to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Often, perpetuating injustice and suffering starts at the top and just filters downward. In other words, the standards the "top dog" adheres to tend to be the same as those in the chain under him/her keeps. The reverse is often true also in that a leader/ruler with integrity and goodness tends to have the same persons in positions of authority under him/her. Respond to these ideas using both examples from the book, research or personal experience. You can choose to agree or disagree with the ideas.

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