The Baron in the Trees Test | Final 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 do the Austrians say about the woods?

2. What does Cosimo do to the Austrian soldiers?

3. What is Cosimo's next project after Viola leaves?

4. What does Cosimo do when he sees the group?

5. What does Cosimo do that his mother enjoys?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cosimo get shot and what does he do during his recovery?

2. What results from Cosimo convincing Sulpico that he is a Freemason?

3. How does Cosimo set up the protest against tithes?

4. Who turns up again in Cosimo's life and who is with him?

5. What brings Cosimo out of his depression and what does he do?

6. Where does Cosimo get his first glimpse of the widow that his dog has been visiting and what is she doing when he sees her?

7. How does Cosimo die?

8. What happens to Cosimo when Viola leaves?

9. What do the townspeople see and say about Viola and Cosimo?

10. How does Cosimo feel towards Ursula and what does he tell her father?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The reader may easily suppose, then, that he is a generous and doting lover, and recognizes in each woman, as he does in each of the other people with which he has interacted in the reader's observation, the things that make her valuable and unique, and in so recognizing it, helps her to recognize and celebrate it also.

1. Although this sentence was written about a lover, it can also be applied to any relationship. How do you think a person can make another feel valuable and unique? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Describe a time in your life when you felt valuable and unique. Did you feel that way because of what someone else said or did?

3. Why do you think people in general like to feel valuable and unique? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

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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