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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 of the following gods does Lovato not mention in talking with the narrator about the interior of the Fenice?
2. What do friends tell Rose and Peter they need to get for their downstairs apartment?
3. Who does the narrator say put an end to Carnival?
4. What does Leonardo Corbo, the civil protection chief from Rome, say about the fire?
5. What does the Plant Man like to ask people?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the Plant Man.
2. Who is the Rat Man of Treviso and what does he do? What's special about what he does?
3. What does Rosa Barovier tell the narrator about Murano and the Seguso family?
4. What does Giampaolo Seguso tell the narrator about the rift with his family?
5. What does the narrator learn about Alistair McAlpine at the party?
6. Explain what Guerrino Lovato tells the narrator about the interior of the Fenice.
7. Describe Rose's experiences with Ezra Pound.
8. What does the narrator say about Napoleon and what do these comments have to do with the current state of Venice?
9. Describe the exchange between Ludovico De Luigi and Venice's mayor during the meeting at the Ateneo Veneto in Chapter 2.
10. What problem does the fire create for Signora Marcello, and how does she deal with the problem?
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 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
Describe the controversy surrounding Mario Stefani's death and how this controversy relates to the book's overall theme of truth and deception.
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