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

2. What did Zeno's relatives reveal about his father?

3. According to Zeno's estimation, how old was his father's doctor?

4. When Zeno became ill with a painful sore throat and a fever, what did he resolve to do?

5. What does Zeno say one never talks about after getting married?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 4, how does Zeno describe his feelings towards his wife?

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

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

4. Why did Zeno marry Augusta?

5. Why didn't Zeno want his father to regain consciousness after he fell ill?

6. How did Zeno behave in the company of Giovanni's daughters?

7. How did Zeno feel about cheating on Augusta?

8. What does Zeno write about tears and faults?

9. Why did Zeno visit Dr. Paoli?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Examine Zeno's desire to be liked.

1) Why is it important to Zeno that others like him even if he doesn't really like them?

2) How does Zeno attempt to make people like him?

3) Does anyone genuinely like Zeno for whom he is and in spite of his flaws?

4) Does Zeno like himself?

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 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?

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