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History: A Novel Summary
Elsa Morante

Everything you need to understand or teach History (novel) by Elsa Morante.

  • History Summary & Study Guide
  • 30 History: A Novel Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

History Summary

Plot Summary

History: A Novel, is a moving saga that follows the life of a half-Jewish Italian school teacher and her young son, who is the result of rape by a German soldier. Ida Mancuso, a widow born in 1904, is a single parent to her son, Nino. She is raped by a young German soldier in 1941 and conceives a child. Her new son, Giuseppe, named after her father, becomes the focus of Ida's will to survive. Giuseppe, who calls himself "Useppe," has seizure problems similar to Ida's childhood illness, which, unlike hers, develop into a more serious medical condition as he grows. His older brother, Nino, is an activist and anarchist, much like his maternal grandfather. Nino lives a brash and dangerous life, and only shows up at home randomly. He is the most important person in little Useppe's life. Ida and Useppe survive periods of devastating poverty and hunger...

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Study Pack

The History: A Novel Study Pack contains about 77 pages of study material in 2 products, including:

History Study Guide

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History Lesson Plans contain 125 pages of teaching material, including:

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