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Elena Ferrante
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of Lila's older brother?
(a) Stefano Carracci.
(b) Fernando Cerullo.
(c) Rino Cerullo.
(d) Don Achille Carracci.

2. Who is the son of Don Achille that is in the school competition in Childhood: Chapter 8?
(a) Alfonso Carracci.
(b) Stefano Carracci.
(c) Rino Cerullo.
(d) Fernando Cerullo.

3. Who is Melina's son that gets beaten up in Adolescence: Chapter 8?
(a) Alfonso.
(b) Alberto.
(c) Rino.
(d) Antonio.

4. What year does the narrative begin in Childhood: Chapter 1?
(a) 1972.
(b) 1944.
(c) 1969.
(d) 1958.

5. Who repeatedly asks that Lila be sent to school in Childhood: Chapter 15?
(a) Alfonso.
(b) Elisa.
(c) Alberto.
(d) Rino.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Don Achille give to Lila and Elena in Childhood: Chapter 14?

2. What mountain does Elena describe seeing when she accompanies her father to work in Adolescence: Chapter 14?

3. Who is Don Achille's oldest son?

4. Why are Elena and Lila going into Don Achille's apartment building in Childhood: Chapter 10?

5. What business does the Cerullo family run in the narrative?

Short Essay Questions

1. What leads to the family feuds and violence that erupts in Childhood: Chapters 8 and 9?

2. How would you describe Elena's relationship with her parents in the novel?

3. How does Elena's first menstruation influence her relationship with Lila?

4. How does Lila's behavior toward Elena change once Lila is no longer in school?

5. How would you describe Elena's behavior toward Rino in the phone calls in the Prologue and Chapters 1-3?

6. How does Lila respond to jealousies over Elena in Adolescence: Chapters 3 and 4?

7. What themes are predominant in Adolescence: Chapters 13-18?

8. What questions does Donato Sarratore's book of poetry elicit after its publication?

9. How would you describe Lila's demeanor at the age of six?

10. How does Don Achille respond to Lila asking for their dolls in Childhood: Chapter 14? What is revealed of his character through is response?

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