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. Where is Viola sent when she leaves home?

2. What does Cosimo do when Gian de Brughi is captured?

3. How does Cosimo's mother communicate with him?

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

5. Where does Cosimo carve his dog's name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Cavlier slip off the Baron's land occasionally and how does Cosimo help him?

2. What do the burglars do to Cosimo?

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

4. Why is Cosimo curious about Gian de Brughi?

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

6. Who is Sinforosa?

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

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

9. What do the brigands around town do about Gian de Brughi being in hiding?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Biagio wants all the more to assure Cosimo of his loyalty despite his remaining on the ground, and so agrees to supply him with everything he requires to set up a more permanent dwelling in the trees.

1. Why do you think Biagio is not joining his brother in the trees? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Do you think Biagio is right or wrong for making it easier for his brother to remain in the trees? Why or why not?

3. What do you think of Cosimo's attempts to pressure his younger brother into helping him?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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