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. If caught in his nighttime study of anatomy, what might the Church do to him?

2. What does Michelangelo learn his old nemesis, Torrigiani, is doing in Rome?

3. After the death of Lorenzo de Medici, where does Michelangelo find himself?

4. What does Michelangelo believe that Ghirlandaio disagrees with?

5. What is one thing Michelangelo is thrilled that he can do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Michelangelo's dilemma while trying to learn from Bertoldo?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Michelangelo react to the Cardinal's failure to give him instructions and permission to start carving?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay on political intrigue using the succession of popes during Michelangelo's lifetime as examples. Discuss how circumstances kept changing that often threatened Michelangelo's work.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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