The City of Falling Angels Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John Berendt
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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. Who does the narrator say sells Signor Seguso's glass creations as a way of demonstrating his renown?

2. Who enters into a P.R. war with Luciano Pavarotti over the benefit concert for the rebuilding of the Fenice?

3. What has Alistair McAlpine begun to collect?

4. Who does the narrator say defeated Venice at the height of its grandeur?

5. What does the narrator say the Ateneo Veneto once housed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gino Seguso tell the narrator about Giampaolo's actions and intentions since Giampaolo left the company?

2. Describe Rose's experiences with Ezra Pound.

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

4. What does the narrator learn about Alistair McAlpine at the party?

5. Describe the Plant Man.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the conflict between nobility and democracy the narrator weaves at the Carnival ball in Chapter 6 through the narrative about the characters of Alvise Loredan and the "Rat Man" of Treviso, and explain how this conflict is relevant to Venetian culture as a whole.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the power struggle between Bob Guthrie and Larry Lovett and explain how this power struggle is symbolically important for the rest of the book.

Essay Topic 3

Compare/contrast the author's writing style with the pace of life in Venice, giving specific examples from the book.

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