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 know about Izzet and Pasha regarding payment?

2. What does the note from Bowles say?

3. How does Bowles envision the bronze statue he finds?

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

5. Where does the person go who Pascali is following?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the slaughter of the sheep symbolic of a "slaughter" that takes place within Pascali?

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

3. 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?

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

5. In what position does Bowles place Pascali in not meeting with Izzet at the hotel and how is this ironic?

6. How do you think Pascali's perception of Bowles relationship to Pascali enables Pascali to rationalize his blackmail of Bowles?

7. In the end, what do you think Pascali is left with of any value?

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

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

10. What is ironic as Pascali reflects on whether to send this latest report to the Sultan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 15, Pascali realizes Bowles believes himself to be on a mission from a higher power and that the balance between his zest for archeology and his drive for financial gain has broken, leaving him nearly insane Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text, your research or personal experience:

1. Pascali makes a pretty astute observation about Bowles. What do you think the phrase means--the balance between his zest for archeology and his drive for financial gain has broken leaving him [Bowles] nearly insane. Give examples from the entire book that has lead up to this moment.

2. In "real" life, most of us are at times driven to compromise between two things--sometimes both seem to be necessary evils; sometime one seems necessary, but it conflicts with something else that is only wanted; sometimes it can be a conflict between two things you want, neither which are essential for health and well being. Write about a time in your life when you were torn between two things, both of which you wanted, but which if one was achieved, the other had to be compromised or abandoned.

3. Do you think many people who "go off the deep end" and commit such horrible acts as mass shootings are people who are extremely conflicted by warring wants/natures? Discuss this idea using specific examples.

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