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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 father?
(a) Don Achille Carracci.
(b) Rino Cerullo.
(c) Fernando Cerullo.
(d) Nino Sarratore.

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

3. In Adolescence: Chapter 15, Elena is fuming because Lila has begun studying what language?
(a) Greek.
(b) English.
(c) Latin.
(d) French.

4. When was Little Women published?
(a) 1901.
(b) 1779.
(c) 1868.
(d) 1859.

5. What grade are Lila and Elena in when they are pitted against the two smartest boys in fourth grade in the school competition in Childhood: Chapter 8?
(a) 5th grade.
(b) 2nd grade.
(c) 4th grade.
(d) 3rd grade.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who runs the grocery that has been made in the old carpenter shop in Adolescence: Chapter 7?

2. What is the name of Lila's son who has called Elena in the Prologue?

3. What is Donato Sarratore's profession?

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

5. How much older is Lila's brother Rino than her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What information does Elena learn from Rino in Chapter 3? How does she react to this information?

3. How does the onset of adolescence affect both Lila and Elena?

4. What is significant about Lila's inability to continue in school past elementary school in the narrative?

5. How is the theme of envy illustrated in Childhood: Chapter 7?

6. What is foreshadowed by the attentions paid to Lila during the outing in the city in Adolescence: Chapter 16?

7. What is discovered when Lila's mother is called to school in Childhood: Chapter 6? Why is this significant?

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

9. What is foreshadowed by Lila's newfound obsession with shoemaking in Adolescence: Chapters 4-6?

10. What book do Lila and Elena purchase with the money from Don Achille in Childhood: Chapter 15? How does the book influence them?

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