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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 what U.S. city did the first nuclear reactor begin operation, in 1942?

2. Civilians and cities in Europe were destroyed by what types of bombing?

3. Why is Ida anxious about seeing Signora DiSegni?

4. What is changing about Nino's behavior, in 1942?

5. The period from 1900 to 1905 marked the beginning of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What news does Remo bring Ida, regarding Nino and the other revolutionaries, at the beginning of 1944?

2. What was the Italian Racial Law?

3. How does Useppe respond when he is left alone by Ida as a baby?

4. How does Useppe sometimes affect Nino's mood?

5. Who is Carulina?

6. What health problem does Ida experience as a child, and how do her parents feel about it?

7. What happens when the monk arrives at the shelter?

8. How does Ida respond to the air raid sirens, beginning in 1943?

9. What was the situation of the Jews in 1938?

10. What happens when Gunther goes into Remo's in the first chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ida is devastated by Nino's decision to quit school. Why does Nino decide to quit? How do his decision to quit school, and his rowdy behavior there before he quits, reflect his disdain for authority in general? Why does his decision to quit school affect Ida so deeply? What does she think will happen to him when he drops out of school? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Useppe's behavior changed drastically after his mother attempted to enroll him in school. Why do these changes occur? Why does Ida begin to believe that there is something wrong with Useppe? Is she right? What caused his behavioral problems? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

There are strange and surreal events in the novel, such as Caruli's story about the dirigible, which don't make sense, and which make the reader question the validity of the rest of the events. Why does the author make the truth of these events so ambiguous? What literary purpose do they serve? Are they effective? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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