The Agony and the Ecstasy Test | Final 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. When do Michelangelo and the Contessina finally talk about their mutual love?

2. Why are Michelangelo and some of his friends under suspicion in Rome?

3. When the project for Leo X is canceled, how does Michelangelo feel?

4. What does Michelangelo realize his painting in the Sistine Chapel is supposed to do?

5. Who is gaining in popularity and importance in Rome to Michelangelo's advantage?

Short Essay Questions

1. Although Pope Clement had been unpopular in Florence, how does Michelangelo view his death?

2. How does Michelangelo learn about the block of marble that will eventually become one of his greatest works?

3. What political unrest occurs while Michelangelo works on the David?

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

5. How does Michelangelo react when he is refused admittance to see Pope Julius II?

6. Why does Michelangelo not close up his brothers' unprofitable shop?

7. How does Michelangelo's father add stress to his son while he is working on Pope Julius' tomb?

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

9. What family problem does Michelangelo attempt to solve with his brothers?

10. What does Michelangelo realize as he studies the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?

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 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 on liberal arts education. Mention the advantages Michelangelo received because of his exposure to literature and art in the Plato Academy. Defend the idea of knowing about art, music, and literature today.

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