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

2. What is Gino Seguso's view of glassmaking?

3. What does Giampaolo compare Murano to in talking about creativity?

4. What does the Count say would have to happen for him to let go of his anger?

5. What is the main focus of Count Marcello's private library?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the narrator's conversation with the Rat Man of Treviso inside the Fenice on opening night.

2. Describe Jane Rylands's involvement with Olga.

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

4. What does the narrator say about Napoleon and what do these comments have to do with the current state of Venice?

5. Explain what Rose tells the narrator about the safety of the city of Venice.

6. How does the panel of experts come to the conclusion that the Fenice fire must not have been caused by arson?

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

8. What does the Fenice custodian's attorney say about the panel of experts?

9. Explain Albert Gardin's suspicions about Stefani's death.

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

Essay Topics

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

Using the example of the Fenice fire investigation, describe how the narrator portrays guilt and innocence in this crime and within Venetian culture.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the artist Ludovico De Luigi's view of the Fenice fire and the rebuilding of the opera house, and explain the significance of his view for Venetian politics.

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