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. When Mandras is well, he tells Pelagia that he is going to _________________________.

2. Who is the patron saint of the island of Cephallonia?

3. Who helps Pelagia bathe and tend to Mandras?

4. What is the Fascist slogan on a propaganda pamphlet aimed against Mussolini?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the content of the message delivered from Mussolini to the Prime Minister of Greece in Chapter 14?

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

3. What issues are prevalent for Pelagia and Mandras regarding their future together?

4. What is the first mention of Captain Corelli in the novel?

5. Who is Stamatis and what unusual request does he make of Dr. Iannis?

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

7. In what ways does Pelagia care for Mandras when he returns from the fighting?

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of love. Identify at least two instances about love in the book and then cite examples to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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

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