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 view of the world do Bowles and Pascali have in common?

2. Of what does Bowles accuse Pascali?

3. How much does Izzet offer Bowles?

4. Who does Pascali meet in the hotel lobby?

5. What hinges upon Izzet fulfilling Bowles's demand?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

7. Explain what Pascali has figured out and how Bowles fits into the picture.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Pascali is constantly projecting personality traits, beliefs, or motives upon other characters. Answer the following questions by writing a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text, your research or personal experience:

1. What does it mean to project motives or traits upon someone else? Give a couple examples from your own experience when you or someone you know has projected a motive, trait, or belief upon someone else.

2. Name four instances when Pascali projects personality traits, beliefs, or motives upon other characters. How accurate is he?

3. Why do you think Pascali projects personality traits, beliefs, or motives upon other characters? How can projecting cause one to be taken off guard by someone some day? Does that happen in the case of Pascali?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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