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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. How does Cosimo want his brother to prove he can be trusted?

2. What does Cosimo's mother want to know about his teams?

3. What does the Cavalier notice when watching Cosimo in the trees?

4. How does Cosimo defend himself against a suggest of trespass in the garden?

5. Why does Cosimo believe olive trees are great for climbing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What brings Cosimo out of his depression and what does he do?

2. Who turns up again in Cosimo's life and who is with him?

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

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

5. How does Cosimo spend his time after the army shows up?

6. Why is Cosimo's mother nicknamed the Generalessa?

7. Who does Cosimo meet at the Spaniard community that answers his need for love? What happens between them?

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

9. How does Cosimo's first encounter with the fruit thieves happen?

10. What does Biagio say when he reflects on the ideals he and his brother had as youth?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Cosimo's relationship with his mother has ended happily in spite of many problems earlier. Cosimo had time to know his mother as an adult and to be comfortable with her before her death. He was able to resolve differences and say good-bye. Often people don't have this opportunity.

1. Why do you think it was important and helpful for Cosimo to spend so much time with his mother in her last weeks? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

2. Cosimo had the opportunity to spend time with his mother, though it appears he did not have that with his father. Write a letter from Cosimo to his father saying what you think he might say based on the Cosimo you've seen in the past twenty chapters.

Essay Topic 2

The Baron, has lost hope that his eldest son, Cosimo, will follow exactly the path of nobility he hoped he would.

1. Cosimo is obviously not doing what his father wants him to do. Do you think this makes him a bad child? Why or why not?

2. If your mother or father wanted you to enter a career field you didn't want, what would you do? How would you tell your parent?

3. Do you think children should have as much freedom at Cosimo's age as he does? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The lesson Cosimo learns in chapter fourteen is that a problem that unites people is a powerful force for good as long as it exists.

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

2. Do you think uniting people for a bad reason can be as powerful as for good? Why or why not?

3. If you had a task to do that would require a group to finish it, how would you go about organizing and inspiring them?

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