The Agony and the Ecstasy Test | Mid-Book 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 Michelangelo discover that he cannot do?

2. What is Michelangelo expected to learn about?

3. Working all day and studying all night, what do people think Michelangelo is doing?

4. What do the members of the elite academy discuss and learn about?

5. Who can Michelangelo not rely on to pay his apprentice fees?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Michelangelo's problem in trying to convince his father to allow him to study in the Sculpture Garden.

2. Describe the beginning of the friendship between Michelangelo and the Contessina.

3. Explain how the antagonism of Bramante developed against Michelangelo.

4. Explain how Michelangelo finds the place where he really wants to be.

5. What happens when Michelangelo finally gets to speak with Cardinal Riario about starting on the large block of marble?

6. Tell something about Michelangelo's reception when he returns home.

7. How does Michelangelo's first year of training go?

8. Describe how Michelangelo gets his start in art education.

9. How does Michelangelo escape his father's house?

10. Describe briefly the way friendship develops between Michelangelo and the contessina.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on liberal arts education. Mention the advantages Michelangelo received because of his exposure to literature and art in the Plato Academy. Defend the idea of knowing about art, music, and literature today.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on competition. Refer to Michelangelo's securing the commission to paint the second wall next to da Vinci as a good example of competition. Discuss in your essay how healthy competition brings about greater achievements.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the value of art in the world. Include what you think the world would be like if there were no art. Mention how censorship of art might have deprived the world of great masterpieces by Michelangelo.

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