Bel Canto: A Novel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ann Patchett
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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 clear about Hosokawa's feelings towards her?

2. What is the accompanist's real name?

3. Everyone in the house is _______ by Roxane.

4. Who plays the piano for Roxane when she wants to sing?

5. What is the first communication between Roxane and Mr. Hosokawa?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it important for Mr. Hosokawa to be at the birthday party?

2. What aspects of the situation have led Simon to re-evaluate his life?

3. Although the terrorists seem to have all the control in the situation, what do the hostages offer?

4. What does the accompanist's death prove to the reader?

5. How do the hostages and terrorists find a way to communicate with one another?

6. How does Gen make himself important during this scary time?

7. When the terrorists learn that the President is not at the birthday party, what happens?

8. Why is this time in the house so important for Carmen and how does she take advantage of her situation?

9. How does Joachim Messner feel about being at Ruben's house?

10. What is happening to the health of the accompanist?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. Summarize Roxane's views on true love.

2. Summarize Victor's views on love.

3. How do the two vary or match?

4. Why can't Victor and Roxane be together?

Essay Topic 2

The relationship between employers and employees is not universal and truly based on the people involved in the relationship.

- How would you characterize Gen and Hosowaka's relationship at the beginning of the novel?

- By the end of the novel, what has happened to their relationship? Have they gotten closer to one another?

Essay Topic 3

In the book, music has become everyone's common language.

Also language was created to connect human beings, how does it drastically divide them?

Had the people in the house not had Gen's help, would they have found another way to effectively communicate?

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