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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 wonder about Pasha?
2. Why are Pasha and Izzet caught in a must-pay situation?
3. What gives Pascali the courage to bring up the matter of blackmailing Bowles?
4. What does Bowles ask of Pascali?
5. What does Pascali learn about the phrase "terra rossa"?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is the slaughter of the sheep symbolic of a "slaughter" that takes place within Pascali?
2. How is the previous foreshadowing come to completion in this final section?
3. How does Pascali now see Bowles and how might that insight be both inaccurate and dangerous?
4. How does Pascali miss an important clue about Bowles because of Pascali's own desires?
5. What is odd about Pascali's reaction to Bowles's not showing up for the meeting?
6. Why do you think Pascali continues to let Bowles dictate the terms of their interaction?
7. Why do you think Pascali blends reality and illusion to create realism in imaginary settings?
8. What do you think is Pascali's interpretation of the man he follows and sees laughing with Bowles?
9. What does Pascali seem to forget when he is rejoicing at the prospect of 150 liras?
10. How do you think Pascali's perception of Bowles relationship to Pascali enables Pascali to rationalize his blackmail of Bowles?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In Section 5, Pascali notes his position of "utriusque capex" in both religion and sexuality. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Research and define the phrase "utriusque capax." What language is it? Why would Pascali be using this language? How is this phrase apropos for Pascali? Give specific examples.
2. The phrase "utriusque capax" is used in a few fields--psychology (Jungian), alchemy and music. Choose one of these areas and discuss what the phrase means in that field giving specific examples.
3. It seems that a person who is able to be capable of both (a loose translation of the phrase "utriusque capax") would make an excellent spy. Choose to defend or argue against that idea using examples from the text and personal knowledge.
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
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.
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