Corelli's Mandolin Test | Final 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 do the Germans do to the villagers trying to escape?

2. What does Pelagia give to Corelli when he wakes up with a hangover?

3. What reason does Gunter Weber give his commanding officer for not wanting to carry out the order in #133?

4. What type of instrument does Iannis want to play when he grows up?

5. Who has died in the earthquake on Cephallonia?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who takes control of the island after the Germans leave, and why is Dr. Iannis taken away from their homes?

2. In what ways has the war transformed the priest, Father Arsenios?

3. What is the significance of the title of Chapter 42, "How Like a Woman Is a Mandolin".

4. Explain what happens when an unexploded mine washes ashore near the village.

5. How is Corelli saved from the execution site and what happens to the bodies of the other Italian soldiers?

6. What are the circumstances in which Iannis gets Corelli's mandolin for lessons?

7. Who is "Bunny" Warren and how does he arrive on the island?

8. Why is Pelagia filled with sorrow even though Corelli has survived the attempted execution by the Germans?

9. What does Dr. Iannis suggest that the villagers eat when food becomes scarce on the island?

10. What do Carlo and Corelli give to Dr. Iannis for safekeeping when they fear that their deaths may be imminent?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author used more than one iteration on the theme of war. Identify at least two examples about war in the book and then explain why the examples support the theme.

Essay Topic 2

Fear takes on an almost human persona in this book. What was the source of the characters' needs? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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