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. Why does Michelangelo compare his work with files borrowed from Ghirlandaio?

2. What is Ghirlandaio reluctant to do?

3. At the palace de Medici, with whom does Michelangelo share quarters?

4. Instead of a commission, what does Cardinal Riario give Michelangelo?

5. Who operates the sculpture garden?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain what Michelangelo is expected to learn in addition to his art.

4. Explain how Michelangelo finds the place where he really wants to be.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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