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. How does Zeno describe his father's death?

2. Who was Guido Speier?

3. What does Zeno describe as his second trouble?

4. How does Zeno think his father felt about Zeno's future?

5. What was Zeno's nickname for his father when he was in college?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Zeno's father say Zeno was mad?

2. How did Ada behave towards Zeno while he was intent on falling in love with her?

3. What does the doctor apologize for in the preface? Why?

4. What did Zeno say to Maria when she initially cried over his father's condition?

5. What two events does Zeno say stopped him from stealing?

6. Why does Zeno say it was difficult for him to spend time with his father?

7. Why does the doctor say he published Zeno's memoirs?

8. Why did Zeno marry Augusta?

9. How did Zeno feel he compared to his father?

10. At the end of Chapter 3, how did Zeno say he felt about marrying Augusta?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Zeno describes a situation in which his father raised his leg to kick him.

1) How do you think this colored his relationship with his father?

2) Do you think Zeno felt in competition with his father?

3) Is this related to Zeno kicking Guido's dog? If so, how?

Essay Topic 2

Respond to Zeno's marriage to Augusta after asking two of her other sisters to marry him.

1) Describe the opinion you think each sister would have of him after his proposal.

2) Describe what Alberta and Ada might think of Augusta's chances for a happy marriage.

3) Describe how Augusta might feel marrying a man she loves though she knows he loves her sister.

Essay Topic 3

Zeno seems to think that death washes a person's flaws clean.

1) Give examples from the book that illustrate this thinking?

2) Why does Zeno seem to love some people more when they are dead?

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