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. Just as Michelangelo starts working for Galli, what do the creditors in Florence demand?

2. Who comes to Rome and is able to help clean out Michelangelo's new quarters?

3. How does Michelangelo set himself apart at the Guild Hall of Signor Ghirlandaio?

4. What does Michelangelo insist painting draped figures allows the artist to do?

5. What causes Savonarola to agree that he is a heretic and then recant?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the Contessina sees Michelangelo after he leaves her house, what transpires?

2. What is the first problem facing Michelangelo before he can study under Bertoldo?

3. What does Lorenzo de Medici reveal to Michelangelo about his training?

4. What, beside the Bacchus commission, does Michelangelo get from Jacopo Galli?

5. Describe Michelangelo's strong opinions about art.

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

7. Explain the effect of Michelangelo's broken nose at the hand of Torrigiani.

8. Describe Michelangelo's meeting Clarissa.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about religious extremism. Use the example of the Inquisition to show how people sometimes try to enforce their own religious ideology on others.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on Michelangelo's statement that a troubled mind makes a poor draftsman. Discuss how problems and worries interfere with creative work of any kind. Conclude your essay with a recommendation for dealing with problems while trying to accomplish a task.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the will to succeed. Using Michelangelo as an example, discuss how people who achieve great things in their lives are focused and driven to succeed. Include some modern day examples as well.

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