The Baron in the Trees 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. Why does the Abbe listen so carefully to Cosimo?

2. What does Cosimo's father give him?

3. What has changed about the land the Baron wants Cosimo to rule some day?

4. Why does the Baron scold Cosimo?

5. What do the townspeople do when Cosimo tells them of the cave?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Battista do to make Cosimo come home and what is the result of her action?

2. What do the burglars do to Cosimo?

3. What happens when Cosimo's father sends the Cavalier to capture him?

4. How does the Count who visits the family feel about Cosimo's choice?

5. Why does the Cavlier slip off the Baron's land occasionally and how does Cosimo help him?

6. What does Biagio mourn in chapter four?

7. Why does Cosimo begin writing to authors of books he likes?

8. Who is Sinforosa?

9. What does Cosimo's father request of him when he goes out to see him?

10. Describe an activity Cosimo has learned well and that his dog helps him with.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The reader may easily suppose, then, that he is a generous and doting lover, and recognizes in each woman, as he does in each of the other people with which he has interacted in the reader's observation, the things that make her valuable and unique, and in so recognizing it, helps her to recognize and celebrate it also.

1. Although this sentence was written about a lover, it can also be applied to any relationship. How do you think a person can make another feel valuable and unique? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Describe a time in your life when you felt valuable and unique. Did you feel that way because of what someone else said or did?

3. Why do you think people in general like to feel valuable and unique? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Biagio and Cosimo are left to identify their priorities and moralities on their own, basing them on the way the world appears to them. Their camaraderie is perfect until Biagio does not join Cosimo in his boycott of the meal of snails, and Biagio changes status to astonished observer of Cosimo's single-minded resolve.

1. How do you think Biagio felt when he caved in and ate the snails? Use examples from you book to support your answer.

2. If you were Cosimo would you blame Biagio for eating the snails? Why or why not?

3. Do you think the father was wrong for sending Cosimo from the table? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Revolutionary lifestyle and revolutionary thinking lead to revolution.

1. What do you think is meant by this statement? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Explain why the American Revolution demonstrates this principle.

3. Do you think Cosimo would have developed such revolutionary thinking had he not taken to the trees? Why or why not?

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