My Brilliant Friend Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Elena Ferrante
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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. Whose old carpenter shop has been transformed into a grocery in Adolescence: Chapter 7?

2. What advice does Elena give to Lila's son in Chapter 1?

3. What are the names of the Solara brothers?

4. What subject does Lila offer to study with Elena in Adolescence: Chapter 6?

5. What is the name of Elena's youngest sibling?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lila's character perceive wealth in the narrative?

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

3. What is discovered of Lila's belongings and mementos in Chapters 2 and 3?

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

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

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

7. What exposition does the author reveal in the Prologue and Chapters 1-3?

8. How is Lila's sense of competition illustrated in Adolescence: Chapters 13-18?

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

10. What role does Don Achille play in the plot of My Brilliant Friend?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the shoes that Lila and Rino design and create. What do the shoes represent symbolically for these characters in the novel? What do they represent to Elena and to the other characters? What is the significance of the appearance of the shoes in the end of the narrative?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Elena's relationship with Nino Saratorre in the novel. When does this relationship begin? How does it evolve? What about Nino is Elena attracted to? What happens to their relationship in the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Lila's wedding in the end of the novel. What revelations does Elena reach during the wedding? What revelations does Lila reach? How would you describe the character arcs of these two main characters from their introduction to the wedding?

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