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 long did Zeno listen to his friend's lecture about the Greeks and the Hebrews?

2. How many times does Zeno say Giovanni cheated him?

3. How does Zeno say Guido felt about women?

4. Who managed Zeno's father's business affairs?

5. What emotions did Zeno feel when he realized his father was close to death thanks to him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Did Zeno's wife feel alarmed about Zeno's addiction to cigarettes?

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

4. Where does Zeno get his first cigarette, and how does he describe the first cigarettes he ever smoked?

5. Why did Zeno become upset with the doctor who had the electricity machine?

6. How does Zeno describe his future father-in-law?

7. How did Zeno escape from the sanatorium?

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

9. Why did Zeno go to see Dr. Canestrini?

10. How did Zeno initially describe Augusta?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Respond to Zeno's desire to fall in live with Ada and marry her.

1) Why does he choose her?

2) What qualities in Ada does he enjoy besides her looks?

3) Do they have anything in common?

4) Can someone choose to fall in love?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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