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 does Cosimo suggest the Cavalier might do?

2. Who watches Viola closely at her house?

3. What does Biagio bring Cosimo during the rainstorm?

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

5. What does the Cavalier notice when watching Cosimo in the trees?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Cosimo curious about Gian de Brughi?

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

4. Who is Sinforosa?

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

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

7. What does Biagio mourn in chapter four?

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

9. What do the burglars do to Cosimo?

10. How does Cosimo's mother and father try to get him to come down from the trees and what does Biagio do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The lesson Cosimo learns in chapter fourteen is that a problem that unites people is a powerful force for good as long as it exists.

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

2. Do you think uniting people for a bad reason can be as powerful as for good? Why or why not?

3. If you had a task to do that would require a group to finish it, how would you go about organizing and inspiring them?

Essay Topic 2

Cosimo's relationship with his mother has ended happily in spite of many problems earlier. Cosimo had time to know his mother as an adult and to be comfortable with her before her death. He was able to resolve differences and say good-bye. Often people don't have this opportunity.

1. Why do you think it was important and helpful for Cosimo to spend so much time with his mother in her last weeks? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

2. Cosimo had the opportunity to spend time with his mother, though it appears he did not have that with his father. Write a letter from Cosimo to his father saying what you think he might say based on the Cosimo you've seen in the past twenty chapters.

Essay Topic 3

Revolutionary lifestyle and revolutionary thinking lead to revolution.

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

2. Explain why the American Revolution demonstrates this principle.

3. Do you think Cosimo would have developed such revolutionary thinking had he not taken to the trees? Why or why not?

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