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. Who does Michelangelo use for models to perfect his knowledge of anatomy?

2. What is Ghirlandaio reluctant to do?

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

4. What is Michelangelo expected to learn about?

5. How does Michelangelo learn anatomy at the charity hospital of Santo Spirito?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Torrigiani expose his envy of Michelangelo?

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

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

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

6. Describe the conditions Michelangelo finds when he moves into Lorenzo's palazzo.

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

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

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

10. Describe Michelangelo's living conditions when he first comes to Rome.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on how successful people are either admired or envied and hated. Use Michelangelo as an example but expand the essay into a general truth.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about family relationships. Use Michelangelo as an example of a person who shows loyalty and support of family. Also discuss how family may cause stress on one individual in the family group.

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