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 figure out about how Bowles will remove the statue from the island?

2. Why are Pasha and Izzet caught in a must-pay situation?

3. What does Bowles demand?

4. What does Hogan think "terra rossa" means?

5. Why does Pascali think Bowles despises Pascali?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is some information that Pascali has learned in this section and do you think any of the information will determine a course of action for Pascali?

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

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

5. Summarize the interaction between Pascali and Bowles and one probable hidden meaning.

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

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

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

9. What is odd about Pascali's reaction to Bowles's not showing up for the meeting?

10. 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.

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

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 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?

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