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. What does the old man in Section 4 believe a certain spy does not act with enough of?

2. What is the actual name of the informer the police use to gain information on the mafia?

3. What political association do the two men at the beginning of Section 3 claim Salvatore Colasberna to be involved with?

4. What do the two high-ranking ministers shown at the beginning of Section 3 believe Captain Bellodi to be, in regards to the mafia?

5. Who does the old man shown in Section 4 believe make a fool of most of the men in the city?

Short Essay Questions

1. What information do the police first find out regarding Salvatore after his identity is discovered?

2. What is the initial information the police find on Diego Marchica at the end of Section 3?

3. What does Mrs. Nicolosi tell police regarding her husband's actions on the day Salvatore was murdered?

4. How does Little Priest die?

5. What is the nature of the anonymous letters the police receive in Section 1?

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

7. Why does the captain ask the men of the Santa Fara Co-op to write down their names and addresses at the end of Section 1?

8. How is Little Priest's quality of life described while working as a police informant?

9. How does an old man describe Little Priest's work as a spy in Section 4?

10. How does Little Priest act in public after meeting with police in Section 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's use of regionalism throughout the book. How does the author input regional characteristics in the book and what purpose do you think he had for using this method?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The portrayal of class is an important theme developed by the author to showcase the vast gap between those of influence and the commoner. Part 1.) How does it appear that the mafia keeps the unfair balance between the upper and lower classes intact in the book? Part 2.) What can we learn about the nature of those in the upper class based on the conversations of unnamed high-ranking officials throughout the book? Part 3.) What evidence is present to suggest that those in the lower class are making efforts to better their situations based on their portrayal in the book?

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