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 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

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?

Essay Topic 2

When Cosimo meets the boys who steal fruit in the orchards around town, they first try to trap him, then invite him to join and finally, the reader is given a sense that he will become as a king to them.

1. Why do you think Cosimo is proving to be better in the trees after a couple of days then the boys, who have stolen fruit for years? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Do you think Cosimo sees nothing wrong with stealing fruit? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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