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 is Bowles supposed to meet with at the opening of this section?

2. What did Pascali fear until recently?

3. What does Pascali find when he returns home?

4. What does Izzet tell Pascali?

5. Why does Bowles want a few more days at the site?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why do you think Pascali becomes depressed by Dr. Hogan's talk of the Sultan?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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