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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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 believe a certain spy to be setting himself up against in Section 4?



2. What is the nickname that Mrs. Nicolosi gives to the police in regards to the shooting?



3. What are the two high-ranking ministers shown at the beginning of Section 3 known as?



4. What is the nickname of the informer the police use to gain information on the mafia?



5. How many anonymous letters do the police have with ideas of who killed the man at the beginning of the book?



Short Essay Questions

1. What does Marchica claim was the reason Pizzuco asked to have Salvatore killed?



2. How do the women the captain meet in Parma feel about Sicily?



3. What is the nature of the captain's story regarding a prison medic in Section 10?



4. How does Don Arena react to his police interrogation in Section 9?



5. How does the wife of the high-ranking minister known as "His Excellency" react when he answers a phone call in Section 8?



6. How does the captain try and prove the don had connection to corrupt building projects in Section 9?



7. What is the nature of the letter Little Priest sends to police in Section 5?



8. How does Pizzuco react when the police show him Marchica's confession?



9. How is the captain able to get reliable information from Little Priest in Section 2 despite knowing he was lying to him?



10. How does Don Arena react when the police show him Marchica's confession in Section 9?



Essay Topics

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?

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?

The leading theme throughout the book is the discovery and battle of right versus wrong. Part 1.) What appears to be the author's overall message regarding the nature of the battle between right and wrong based on the outcome of the book? Part 2.) Is there a possibility of those fighting for what is right to beat out those encouraging what is wrong, and if so how could this be achieved? Part 3.) What appears to be the captain's next step in fighting for right to overcome wrong based on his thoughts at the end of the book?

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