The City of Falling Angels 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 Lovato oppose the building of a modern new opera house?

2. What does the glass historian Rosa Barovier tell the narrator about the Segusos?

3. What is Count Marcello talking about when he mentions oil painting and sunlight as examples?

4. What was the floor in Rose and Peter's basement apartment previously made of?

5. What does the narrator say the officials are quick to do at the meeting in the Ateneo Veneto?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the exchange between Ludovico De Luigi and Venice's mayor during the meeting at the Ateneo Veneto in Chapter 2.

2. What problem does the fire create for Signora Marcello, and how does she deal with the problem?

3. What does Count Marcello tell the narrator during the prologue?

4. How did Felice Casson establish himself as a hard-driving investigator?

5. What does Giampaolo Seguso tell the narrator about the rift with his family?

6. Explain Rose Lauritzen's problems with the "magazzino" as detailed in Chapter 3.

7. Who is Peter Lauritzen and how has he established himself in Venice?

8. What is the pigeon problem in Venice and how is it being dealt with?

9. What does Count Marcello seem to believe about the fire and how does he back up his opinion?

10. What does Peter say to the narrator about "sloganeering"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using Daniel and Patricia Curtis as examples, illustrate the novel's theme of the need to hang on to the past, and explain how this theme comes up within other stories in the book as well.

Essay Topic 2

Explain what the narrator says at the beginning of Chapter 2 about Venice's beauty and how this relates to his explanation of the fall of Venice at the end of the chapter.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Gino and Giampaolo Seguso's views of the role of tradition in the family glassblowing business using specific details from the story.

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