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

2. What does Viola offer Cosimo before she goes in the house?

3. What is Cosimo trying to do about the people who live below him?

4. What does the Baron do when an important family visits?

5. Why does the Baron want Cosimo to come down from the trees?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Cosimo curious about Gian de Brughi?

2. How does Cosimo's mother feel by the evening about Cosimo still being in the trees?

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

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

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

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

7. How does Cosimo's mother and father try to get him to come down from the trees and what does Biagio do?

8. What does Biagio reveal about the Cavalier's story?

9. What does Cosimo do when he sees the pirates unloading the boats and what happens as a result of his actions?

10. What does Cosimo tell Biagio about their uncle's activities and what does he want to do about them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

While Cosimo never tries, he lives with an unapologetic conviction that life can be lived fully, selflessly, even nobly, in unbroken communion with nature.

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

2. Do you think people in America today could live the kind of life Cosimo envisions, though not necessarily living in trees? Why or why not?

3. How do you think life in modern American would be different if most people believed the way Cosimo does?

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