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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. In "The Adventure of a Soldier", what is the woman's initial response to the soldier's advances?
2. In "Theft in a Pastry Shop", who is the first to eat a pastry?
3. In "The Adventure of a Soldier", where does the story take place?
4. In "The Adventure of a Nearsighted Man", what does Amilcare worry about?
5. In "The Adventure of a Reader", what does the woman do in front of Amedeo?
Short Essay Questions
1. In "The Adventure of a Bather", who finally helps the bather?
2. In "The Adventure of a Traveler", where is the traveler going and why?
3. In "Sleeping Like Dogs", what is Belmoretto's plan?
4. In "The Adventure of a Traveler", what is the traveler obsessed with?
5. In "Desire in November", who is Linda?
6. In "The Adventure of a Photographer", who is Bice?
7. Describe the characters of Delia and Usnelli in "The Adventure of a Poet".
8. How does "Transit Bed" end?
9. In "Theft in a Pastry Shop", how do the thieves escape?
10. In "The Adventure of a Bather", who is the bather?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Italo Calvino is a critically acclaimed author.
Part 1) Describe Calvino's popularity and place in history as a writer.
Part 2) Explain why he was and still is pivotal to contemporary literature.
Essay Topic 2
Explore and discuss the theme of waste in
1) "Man in the Wasteland" and
2) "Lazy Sons"
making sure to cite examples from the text.
Essay Topic 3
Explain how the stories in "Difficult Loves" are and are not dated.
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