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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. Upon what is Bowles' pretended offer of friendship to Pascali solely based?
2. What gives Pascali the courage to bring up the matter of blackmailing Bowles?
3. For what purpose would he do the answer to question #97?
4. Who does Pascali meet in the hotel lobby?
5. What view of the world do Bowles and Pascali have in common?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you think Pascali continues to let Bowles dictate the terms of their interaction?
2. Summarize the interaction between Pascali and Bowles and one probable hidden meaning.
3. Why do you think Pascali blends reality and illusion to create realism in imaginary settings?
4. How is the slaughter of the sheep symbolic of a "slaughter" that takes place within Pascali?
5. When you read that Bowles does not show up at the hotel for his meeting with Izzet, are you surprised?
6. What is odd about Pascali's reaction to Bowles's not showing up for the meeting?
7. What does Pascali take from Bowles' room and why does this show a different side of Pascali?
8. Is there anything in this section that gives a different view of Bowles and perhaps makes him a more likable character?
9. What does it suggest to you when Bowles insists on the removal of the soldiers at the evacuation site?
10. What do you think is one of the main purposes of this short chapter?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In section 8, at the church, the wax figure of the Saint is brought forward covered by a curtain, where priests prepare him for the reenactment of the Ascension. When the curtain is drawn back, the statue is standing, clothed in robes as has been enacted for years. However, on this day, something has gone wrong and the statue suddenly falls forward, striking the concrete and beheads itself. 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 addition to much symbolism in this novel, there are also a number of metaphors. Define metaphor and symbolism and compare the two using specific examples both from the book and other sources. Which do you feel is more effective? Which seems better at expressing the idea of an abstract concept? Why would you use one over the other--give specific examples.
2. For what do you think this scene is a metaphor? Explain using specific examples. Does the metaphor work for you?
3. Write a real or hypothetical situation in your personal experience that includes one or more abstract concepts and then create a metaphor to express that experience. Next, choose a way to use symbolism in the telling of the experience. Which way seems more effective at portraying the experience?
Essay Topic 2
As the novel opens and then moves along to its conclusion, some characters seem to be more different from each other than first appears and some seem more alike to each other than first appears. Choose one of the following and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Compare the character of Pascali from who he seems to be during the first six sections to the person Pascali seems to be in sections 7-16. How is he alike? How different? Which "person" do you like the best? Why? How is Pascali more alike and more different from Bowles at the end then at the beginning?
2. Compare the character of Bowles from who he seems to be during the first seven sections to the person Bowles seems to be in sections 7-16. How is he alike? How different? Which "person" do you like the best? Why? How is Bowles more alike and more different from Pascali at the end then at the beginning?
3. Compare and contrast Lydia, Dr. Hogan, Izzet, and Herr Gesing from who they seem to be when they are first introduced to who they are revealed to be by the end of the story. How much do they either change or become who they really are? Who did you like at first and then dislike by the end of the story--and vice versa?
Essay Topic 3
In Section 9, the symbolic representation of Bowles' arm and Lydia's body as they made love in Pascali's memory shows Pascali's belief that Bowles and he are unique in their ability to blend reality with lies. 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 the ability to blend reality with lies is unique to Pascali and Bowles in the novel? Who else do you think has this ability? Is it an ability? A defect in character? A psychological problem?
2. How about in "real" life--do you know people who blend reality with lies? Give some examples when you have encountered someone who does this. Did it make you distrust the person?
3. Is there ever a good reason to blend reality with lies? What about for emotional protection when a child is in an abusive situation? Ultimately who is most harmed by someone who blends reality with lies--the one doing it or the one who believes the person? Or both?
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