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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 does Cosimo go when he is sent from the table for not eating?

2. What happens to Gian de Brughi?

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

4. What does Cosimo's mother decide about him staying in the trees?

5. What do the townspeople do when Cosimo tells them of the cave?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Cosimo's parents want to know about the men Cosimo enlisted for his project?

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

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

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

6. How does the Baron work out Cosimo's willingness to continue his education?

7. What does Cosimo tell Viola about a decision and what happens when he tells her?

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

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

10. Why is Cosimo curious about Gian de Brughi?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Cosimo is more interested in the truth of things than in the beliefs and legends among the populous.

1. Why do you think this statement is true? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think that legends are always false? Why or why not?

3. Do you think it was wrong for Cosimo to rescue Gian just because of his curiosity? Why or why not?

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