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 say anyone who sets themselves up against the church is, in Section 4?

2. At what time do the police believe the murderer would have been running down the street after the shooting?

3. What reason does the captain have for asking those questioned in the murder case to write something down at the end of Section 1?

4. How does the man who comes to talk to the police in Section 5 describe one of the men they arrested?

5. What do the police believe arresting Marchica would be after he is brought in for questioning?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Mrs. Nicolosi reveal to police regarding a nickname in Section 3?

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

4. What is the nature of the conversation between two Sicilian men at the beginning of Section 2?

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

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

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

8. How does Little Priest die?

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

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

Examine the nature of the police that is presented in the book. How might the police be considered as bad as the mafia given the way they conduct Salvatore's murder investigation and why is this significant in regards to better understanding human nature in the book?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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