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. Which paper does the narrator mention that reports on the many suspicious coincidences surrounding the Fenice fire?

2. Where does the narrator say he's decided he'll live?

3. What is Contessa Marcello's main, immediate concern when she hears about the fire?

4. Who do the townspeople talking at Haig's Bar believe is responsible for the fire?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator say about Venice at the beginning of Chapter 2?

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

3. Who is the Rat Man of Treviso and what does he do? What's special about what he does?

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

5. How does Archimede Seguso react to the fire?

6. How does the Count Giovanni Volpi describe his father?

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

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

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

10. Explain what Guerrino Lovato tells the narrator about the interior of the Fenice.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the controversy surrounding Mario Stefani's death and how this controversy relates to the book's overall theme of truth and deception.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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