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 does Cosimo build in the trees for his books?

2. What does Biagio do when he goes to bed that night?

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

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

5. What group of individuals hears about the Abbe's conversations with Cosimo?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the discussion about trees that takes place at the beginning of chapter ten.

2. Who does Cosimo meet in a neighbor's garden as he explores through the trees?

3. What does Biagio do in the morning after his brother spent the first night in the trees?

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

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

6. What is Cosimo's thoughts concerning the people living below him?

7. Who is Sinforosa?

8. Why is Cosimo curious about Gian de Brughi?

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

10. Why does Cosimo talk with the Abbe so much and what happens as the result?

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

Cosimo holds ideals with more fervor than he does love.

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

2. What ideal that you hold means so much to you that you would give up love for it? Why or why not would you do that?

3. Do you think beliefs are worth giving up love for? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

This is the chapter containing the recounting of the Baron's decline and eventual death. Sadness over the loss of his half brother, the absence of his daughter as she becomes the wife of a man with a terribly unpleasant family, the fact that Biagio's youth keeps him from being a satisfactory companion and loss of his dream of a noble lifestyle for his family all mean that he declines quickly.

1. Do you think emotional stress and loss can cause someone to sicken and die? Why or why not?

2. Do you think Cosimo should feel some responsibility for his father's death? Why or why not?

3. What do you think Cosimo could have done to help his father more? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

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