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. What kind of mentality does Peter say doesn't exist in Venice?

2. Who does Count Marcello believe is responsible for the fire?

3. Where do Venetian glassblowers traditionally work?

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

5. What is Giampaolo's view of glassmaking?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Capitano Mario Moro.

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

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

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

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

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

8. Paraphrase what Alvise Loredan tells the narrator at the Carnival ball in Chapter 6.

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

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

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

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 3

What graffiti message is Stefani supposed to have left throughout Venice shortly before his death, and how does this message relate to Venice as a whole?

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