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. What does Pascali find Bowles doing at the excavation site?

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

3. What does Pascali see as he's walking home through the market?

4. What does Bowles' notebook indicate?

5. What does Pascali think the men he is leading are going to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Pascali miss an important clue about Bowles because of Pascali's own desires?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

In Section 15, when Pascali is assisting Bowles in digging out the statue, Pascali realizes that, for the first time, he and Bowles are friends, working together for a single goal. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text, your research or personal experience:

1. What goes on between the two men as they are working that changes Pascali's view of Bowles? Do you think this view is just temporary? Why or why not? What about the two men's characters enable them to shift from one way of relating to a different one so easily?

2. Sometimes when two people or groups begin to communicate who they really are, a shifting of viewpoints takes place and former hostility and enmity can be transformed. Discuss this idea first from your personal experience and then in taking a current hostile situation and discuss how this idea could change the situation--this can be hostility between kids at the school you attend (for example, athletes versus "nerds"), your community, town, city, country or country versus country or ethnic group versus ethnic group.

3. What do you think shifts that enables Pascali to betray Bowles? Was Pascali only pretending friendship at the evacuation site? What did you think about the portrayal of these two men as friends and then Pascali turning around and setting up the circumstances of Bowles's death? Did this change your opinion of Pascali? Did you admire him less? Like him less? What do you think Pascali thought about himself after that?

Essay Topic 3

There seems to be a high level of tension on this Greek Island as there are rebel forces wanting to overthrow the occupation government (that of the Ottoman Empire). Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. What are some of the scenes that show the tension between the rebels and the powers in control of the island? Who seems to have the upper hand? Why?

2. What imagery throughout the book supports the idea of rebellion and change? Give specific examples.

3. If you were asked to predict how likely it is that this island would revert back to Greek control, what would you answer? Why? Give specific examples.

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