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's father yell out to him at dinner?

2. How does Cosimo's family receive the news of his popularity?

3. What does Cosimo conclude after studying Gian de Brughi's life and the stories about him?

4. Why is the meal at the beginning of the book significant?

5. Who does Viola blame for being shut up in her bedroom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Cosimo do to impress Viola?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the chapter containing the recounting of the Baron's decline and eventual death. Sadness over the loss of his half brother, the absence of his daughter as she becomes the wife of a man with a terribly unpleasant family, the fact that Biagio's youth keeps him from being a satisfactory companion and loss of his dream of a noble lifestyle for his family all mean that he declines quickly.

1. Do you think emotional stress and loss can cause someone to sicken and die? Why or why not?

2. Do you think Cosimo should feel some responsibility for his father's death? Why or why not?

3. What do you think Cosimo could have done to help his father more? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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