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 many commandments did Giovanni write in Zeno's notebook?

2. How did Zeno feel about his future wife during his engagement?

3. What does Zeno say about people who have not yet experienced marriage?

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

5. How much time does Zeno say he spent with his father before his death?

Short Essay Questions

1. Did Zeno's father regain consciousness and return to normal before he died?

2. Who asked Zeno to write his own autobiography? Why?

3. How did Zeno initially describe Augusta?

4. How did Zeno describe his troubles with women to the doctor who had the electricity machine?

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

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

7. What was the last thing Zeno's father did before he died?

8. How did Zeno describe Ada's appearance?

9. How did Zeno's wife seem to feel about the idea of him going into the sanatorium?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Zeno seems to use his addiction to smoking as an excuse for various types of troubling behavior. Examine this behavior.

1) Does his smoking really cause his problems?

2) Does he enjoy having an excuse not to excel?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Zeno want to possess all of Giovanni's daughters before he even meets them.

1) What does Zeno want from Giovanni's daughters?

2) Does he still want to possess Augusta even though he says she's ugly? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Zeno has a love/hate relationship with smoking. Examine the nature of a love/hate relationship.

1) Why would someone do something he hated?

2) What sort of gratification would a person get from engaging in activity that he both loved and hated?

3) How is it possible to love and hate something at the same time?

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