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. Because he likes Michelangelo's cupid so well, what does Jacopo Galli commission him to sculpt?

2. Where is the Contessina sent as she nears marriageable age?

3. What does Michelangelo's brother, Lionardo, believe his brother has become?

4. Who wants to bring down the papacy and return Italy to the simple, stark, religious ways of his own beliefs?

5. Who comes and sees the sculpture Michelangelo did?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the political shift in the Vatican after Leo X dies?

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

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

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

5. How is Michelangelo caught up in the politics between Florence and Pope Clement?

6. What demand does Pope Julius make on Michelangelo that he does not want to do?

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

8. How does Michelangelo react to the cancellation of the San Lorenzo project?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on character assassination using the innuendo about Michelangelo's relationship to Tomasso and other men. Discuss in your essay how such tactics are used as hate mongering to turn public opinion against another person.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on education by observing. Using Michelangelo's impact on the painter, Rafael, and his own watching outside the Sculpture Garden, discuss in your essay how watching a master work is a kind of education in itself.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the devastating effects of Savonarola's rule in Florence. Mention the art that was destroyed and the closing of art schools. Also include how Botticelli buckled under the pressure of Savonarola's sermons.

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