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 do the burglars who tried to use Gian do to Cosimo?

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

3. Why is the meal at the beginning of the book significant?

4. Who watches Viola closely at her house?

5. How does Sinforosa get around the village?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of stories does Biagio tell at the beginning of chapter twenty and who has he spoken with about his brother?

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

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

4. What happens to Cosimo when Viola leaves?

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

6. What do the burglars do to Cosimo?

7. Why is Cosimo curious about Gian de Brughi?

8. What happens to the story of the Cavalier's death?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Cosimo's intentions are pure and so he attributes pure intentions to the people around him.

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

2. Do you think someone could live in modern America with Cosimo's level of innocence and optimism about people? Why or why not?

3. Do you think living and see the world as Cosimo does makes him a happier person than most? Why or why not?

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

Chapter six resolves the childhood connection Cosimo has had with Viola, and foreshadows the intensity of the admiration he will have for her.

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

2. Explain the use of foreshadow in this sentence. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. Taking from the first six chapters, why do you think Cosimo admires Viola so much?

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