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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 the narrator say the Ateneo Veneto once housed?
2. What is Contessa Marcello's main, immediate concern when she hears about the fire?
3. What has Alistair McAlpine begun to collect?
4. When does the narrator say he'd fallen under Venice's spell?
5. Who does the narrator say put an end to Carnival?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain what Guerrino Lovato tells the narrator about the interior of the Fenice.
2. Describe the Plant Man.
3. What does Giampaolo Seguso tell the narrator about the rift with his family?
4. Describe Archimede Seguso's state of mind and his activities since the Fenice fire.
5. Paraphrase what Alvise Loredan tells the narrator at the Carnival ball in Chapter 6.
6. What does the narrator learn about Alistair McAlpine at the party?
7. How does the panel of experts come to the conclusion that the Fenice fire must not have been caused by arson?
8. Describe the exchange between Ludovico De Luigi and Venice's mayor during the meeting at the Ateneo Veneto in Chapter 2.
9. What does the Fenice custodian's attorney say about the panel of experts?
10. Explain Rose Lauritzen's problems with the "magazzino" as detailed in Chapter 3.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Using Archimede Seguso's "La Fenice" collection as an example, explain how beauty and neglect resurface throughout the book.
Essay Topic 2
Explain how the outcome of De Luigi's vandalism of the Fenice mural at the rebuilding site differs from what he expected and how the policeman's comment to De Luigi is significant for the rest of the story.
Essay Topic 3
Describe what you believe about Enrico Carella's guilt or innocence by detailing Carella's perspective on what happened the night of the fire as well as what Felice Casson finds out that undermines his story, and then explain and back up your own opinion.
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