Corelli's Mandolin 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 had the strongman done to Father Arsenios earlier in the day?

2. What name has Corelli given to his mandolin?

3. What is Mandras' job?

4. Which of Pelagia's animals has eaten Dr. Iannis' manuscript?

5. Which of the following does NOT describe the fighting conditions in Greece?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Hector called before the British officer, Lt. Col. Myers?

2. Who is Carlo Piero Guercio and what does the author share about his personal life?

3. What is the significance of the title of Chapter 33, "A Problem with Hands"?

4. How does Dr. Iannnis realize that an attraction is forming between Pelagia and Corelli?

5. How does Carlo describe the fighting conditions in Greece and what does Carlo deliver to Francisco's mother for Francisco?

6. Why does Pelagia not recognize Mandras at first when he returns home?

7. How are Dr. Iannis and Pelagia conflicted about their feelings for Captain Corelli?

8. What is the content of the pamphlet released in Chapter 35?

9. Describe what happens during the village feast, especially for Mandras and Pelagia.

10. Describe Mandras' experience at war and his struggle to return home to Pelagia.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several events of foreshadowing in "Corelli's Mandolin". Define foreshadowing. Cite at least two situations in the story that serve as foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the book's title. What does the author mean by calling it simply "Corelli's Mandolin". What is he trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Mandras and Captain Corelli. How are their circumstances similar? In what ways are their lives different? Why are they each attracted to Pelagia? What can each of them offer Pelagia that the other cannot? Could they have been friends if their circumstances were different?

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