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. What is Michelangelo's idea of a statue that can be carved from the defective block of marble?

2. What is worked out that the Duke of Urbino will accept instead of the finished tomb?

3. What does the news of the death of the Pope bring?

4. While working on Julius' tomb, what comes Michelangelo's way?

5. When do Michelangelo and the Contessina finally talk about their mutual love?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe briefly the attraction Michelangelo feels toward Tommaso Cavalieri.

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

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

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

5. How do the Bolognese assign the guilt of association to Michelangelo?

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

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

8. How does Pope Paul III outmaneuver Michelangelo over the matter of Pope Julius' tomb?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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