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 do the men trying to net the pigeons scatter for them?

2. What is Signor Seguso's nickname?

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

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

5. How many major versions of the Fenice does Peter say there have been in 200 years?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Rose's experiences with Ezra Pound.

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

5. Describe Capitano Mario Moro.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain why the book is called The City of Falling Angels and how this title relates to the overall picture the author is trying to portray of the city of Venice.

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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