Corelli's Mandolin Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the setting of the book, and who are the main characters introduced in the first few chapters?

In the first five chapters, the author introduces most of the primary characters and establishes the setting. The first chapter depicts the peaceful setting of the Greek island of Cephallonia. Dr. Iannis and his daughter, Pelagia, live a quiet and simple life. The doctor cares for the local villagers and is paid in produce. He has the leisure time to work on an extended writing project on the history of the island.

2. Chapter 2 is a stream of consciousness monologue delivered by whom?

Chapter 2, "The Duce" is a one-sided conversation of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, called the Duce, as he discusses plans with his advisers to invade Greece without the foreknowledge of Adolf Hitler. He describes his intention to put the Greeks at ease, then to strike quickly.

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