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 Granacci tell Michelangelo that Ghirlandaio is willing to do?

2. What does Michelangelo have after his meeting with the Cardinal?

3. Who is perfectly content to keep house and cook for Michelangelo?

4. What is the first of Michelangelo's problems if he wants to study under Bertoldo?

5. What are the people of Florence not happy about?

Short Essay Questions

1. What family problem does Michelangelo attempt to solve with his brothers?

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

3. Describe Michelangelo's frustration in the Sculpture Garden.

4. Explain how Michelangelo finally gets to do some real artwork.

5. How does Pope Paul III outmaneuver Michelangelo over the matter of Pope Julius' tomb?

6. Why doesn't Michelangelo accept the offer to return to Ghirlandaio's school?

7. Explain the surprise announcement after Michelangelo has been at Ghirlandaio's school for one year.

8. How does Bramante complicate the start of Pope Julius II's tomb?

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

10. How does Michelangelo's father add stress to his son while he is working on Pope Julius' tomb?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on loyalty. What is the value of loyalty to friends or political leaders. Is loyalty always repaid?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on Michelangelo's statement to Clarissa that ugliness is evil. Discuss how this sums up Michelangelo's feelings about beauty. Include how the statement illustrates the religious ideas of the artist apart from any Church affiliation.

Essay Topic 3

Write a critique of THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY. Discuss Stone's style and his research to make the novel historically accurate. End with your recommendation for others to read the novel.

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