Confessions of Zeno 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. Whom did Zeno ask to marry him next when Ada refused?

2. Once Zeno bought his first pack of cigarettes, how many did he say he smoked at one time?

3. How many commandments did Giovanni write in Zeno's notebook?

4. What doubt does Zeno say may have bound him to his vice?

5. How does Zeno identify Giovanni Malfenti?

Short Essay Questions

1. What effect did World War I have on Zeno's business ability?

2. According to Dr. S, what was Zeno's main problem? How did Dr. S determine Zeno's main problem?

3. Did Zeno tell Augusta that he loved her before they were married?

4. After Guido's death, what did Ada say about her feelings for him and what did she admit she felt about Augusta's relationship with Zeno?

5. In Chapter 5, was Zeno still in love with Ada?

6. Why did Carla break off the affair with Zeno?

7. Why does Zeno say he began to make up dreams to report to the doctor?

8. What excuse did Zeno invent to see Carla for the first time without Copler?

9. How did Zeno attempt to train the dog Guido brought to the office? Why?

10. How did Carla get money for her daily needs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Eventually, Zeno comes to feel healthy and even becomes motivated to work. When he gets started in business, he finds that he is successful.

1) What is Zeno's idea of health?

2) To what do you attribute his new found health?

3 ) Was Zeno cured? If so, from what and by whom?

4) Why is he finally successful in business?

Essay Topic 2

Respond to Zeno's behavior of marking anniversaries and other events with L.C.

1) Does this make the anniversary or event seem less important?

2) Does it seem that Zeno makes smoking the matter of chief importance in his life?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Zeno's relationship with Guido.

1) Does he like him or dislike him?

2) Would Zeno be friends with Guido if he wasn't married to Ada?

3) In Chapter 5, why does Ada say Zeno hated Guido? Is she correct?

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