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. Why do the city fathers of Florence not receive Michelangelo well?

2. What does Michelangelo accept that puts him in competition with da Vinci?

3. What is the connection of Pope Paul III to the de Medici family?

4. Who is being considered to carve the large block of marble that seems to have a defect?

5. What does Michelangelo insist on from the Pope?

Short Essay Questions

1. Even in Florence what does Michelangelo learn about the influence of the Pope?

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

3. What problem does Michelangelo learn about that holds up awarding the Wool Guild commission?

4. How does Michelangelo finally get the Wool Guild commission?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about humility. Refer to the meeting between Michelangelo and Galli who lay on his deathbed. In your essay use Galli's words that plenty brings pride. Discuss the importance of humility in life.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on political intrigue using the succession of popes during Michelangelo's lifetime as examples. Discuss how circumstances kept changing that often threatened Michelangelo's work.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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