Il Giorno Della Civetta 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. Who is the man the sergeant major brings in (who loves gambling) believed to have ties to?

2. How do many of the bus passengers describe their seat window on the day of the shooting to police?

3. How is the informant to the police on the mafia's payment described?

4. What happens to the passengers on the bus after a man is shot at the beginning of the book?

5. Who does a man come to the police to talk to them about in Section 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do police do after receiving Little Priest's letter in Section 5?

2. Why does Little Priest feel guilty at the beginning of Section 5?

3. What does an old man decide Marchica should do at the end of Section 4?

4. What is the nature of the two men's conversation regarding communism at the beginning of Section 3?

5. Why does the police captain tell Giuseppe he believes his brother was shot in Section 1?

6. How does an old man say one can avoid being cuckolded in Section 4?

7. How does Little Priest die?

8. How did Little Priest earn a living before becoming a police informant?

9. What is the nature of the speech a man gives to the police regarding Don Arena in Section 5?

10. What information is the captain able to discover regarding Nicolosi in Section 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the nature of power that is portrayed in the book, namely in regards to the police and the mafia. How do these two groups seek and use power differently and similarly? What does this use of power tell us about the nature of each organization?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters Captain Bellodi and Don Arena in the book. How does the author draw similarities in these two characters during the don's interrogation and what do you think he may be suggesting about the nature of Sicilian's based on this portrayal?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, the author conducts an intense analysis of the true nature of the Sicilian mafia. Part 1.) What role does the mafia play in the dynamic of Sicilian culture based on their portrayal in the book? Part 2.) What evidence is present to suggest that the Sicilian mafia's influence in their region is long-term and not likely to change? Part 3.) What might the author be trying shine light on regarding the Sicilian mafia based on the outcome of the book?

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