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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 is described as the entire network of mafia connections that lives in the shadow of the church?

2. Who is the man the sergeant major brings in (who loves gambling) believed to have ties to?

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

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 do two high-ranking ministers discuss at the beginning of Section 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of the conversation between two men at the beginning of Section 3 regarding the mafia?

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

3. How do the passengers on the bus react after a man is shot at the beginning of the book?

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

5. How is the "Mother Church" first described in the book?

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

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

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

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

10. What is the nature of most of the bus passengers police track down regarding the shooting in Section 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's portrayal of politics in the book, namely his discussions on fascism, communism and socialism. What role does politics appear to be playing in Sicilian society at the time this book was written and what does the author appear to feel towards politics?

Essay Topic 2

The author makes a great effort to showcase the true nature of the interrogation throughout the book. Part 1.) What can we learn about the nature of the police based on the way they interrogate witnesses and suspects in the book? Part 2.) What can we learn about the nature of members of the mafia based on their reactions to being interrogated by police in the book? Part 3.) How does the author present a moral dilemma in the book's characters through the portrayal of interrogation?

Essay Topic 3

The portrayal of corruption is an important theme found in the book that makes the reader question the similarities the police have with the mafia. Part 1.) How does the mafia use corruption as a means to an end in the book, namely in their business ventures? Part 2.) What is telling of the nature of the police based on their tendencies of corruption in the book? Part 3.) Is the corruption used by the police warranted given their desire to find justice or does this prove they are no more innocent than the mafia?

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