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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 kind of talent does Battista have?

2. Why do the boys' mothers get upset with them?

3. How does the Count that visits feel about Cosimo's life?

4. What does Cosimo's father yell out to him at dinner?

5. Who helps Cosimo with his plans?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What results from Cosimo convincing Sulpico that he is a Freemason?

5. Where does the girl get her first glimpse of Cosimo and what does she do?

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

7. With what important meal does the book open with?

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

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

10. What do the townspeople see and say about Viola and Cosimo?

Essay 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

In the trees, he and the boys are quite able to exist as equals, on the ground the boys return to sad, filthy places to be scolded and beaten by mothers who refuse to feed them if they have not been able to steal enough to feed themselves. This is the beginning of social awareness in young Cosimo.

1. How do you think Cosimo's beliefs about the world changes when he follows the boys home? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Why do you think a rich boy like Cosimo has never seen or known how poor people live? Do you think this situation exist today? Why or why not?

3. How do you think wealthy people in the United States might change if they lived in the poorer part of town for a year?

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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