Rappaccini's Daughter Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Giovanni say Beatrice's prayers taint the atmosphere with?

2. Where does Giovanni say is the only place there is a fragrance?

3. What was the Indian woman's breath richer than?

4. What does Beatrice say her father would tell Giovanni if he was there?

5. Why does Giovanni say he wants to pick a flower from the purple plant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Giovanni's life in the south of Italy.

How did it shape him as a person? How does his life change when he comes to Padua? What does suggest are the differences between the areas of the country?

Essay Topic 2

How do Rappaccini and Baglioni use Beatrice and Giovanni for their own needs? What comment does their abuse of the two youngsters make on the nature of science, academia and the intellect?

Essay Topic 3

Examine what the following elements of the story symbolize.

1. The purple flower.

2. The cracked marble fountain.

3. The silver phial.

4. The spider.

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