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. Why does the Baron want Cosimo to come down from the trees?

2. Who does the Baron confide in and seek advice from?

3. Why do the men from town ask Cosimo to come down?

4. What did Cosimo do on Sundays with his family?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Cosimo tell Biagio about their uncle's activities and what does he want to do about them?

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

6. What does Cosimo do to impress Viola?

7. Why is Cosimo curious about Gian de Brughi?

8. Who is Sinforosa?

9. What is Cosimo's thoughts concerning the people living below him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The most valuable lesson Cosimo learns from the eccentric recluse, the Cavalier, is the importance of guarding himself against the loneliness to which his recent trend toward isolation might possibly lead.

1. Why do you think Cosimo might learn this lesson from the Cavalier? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. How are the Cavalier and Cosimo similar and dissimilar in their interactions with other people? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. In what ways do you think loneliness would happen in Cosimo's life?

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