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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What about the French can Twain not tolerate?
(a) Their broken English.
(b) Their insistence on quick meals.
(c) Their rudeness.
(d) Their lack of hygiene.

2. What family financed Titian and Raphael?
(a) The DiCalindi.
(b) The Medici.
(c) The de Gaulles.
(d) The Vanguards.

3. The excursionists are burned out on travel by the time they reach which Italian city?
(a) Venice.
(b) Florence.
(c) Milan.
(d) Rome.

4. How much is the doctor charged for a kiss?
(a) 6 francs.
(b) 1 dollar.
(c) 1 franc.
(d) 12 euros.

5. What did young Mark Twain discover upon sneaking into his father's office?
(a) A dead body.
(b) A revealing document.
(c) His father's affair.
(d) A stray dog.

Short Answer Questions

1. What obstacle faces the group as they try to enter Athens?

2. How long is the time between registration and the event?

3. What is the name of the tightrope walker introduced to Twain and the group?

4. What fact humiliates Twain in Chapter 23?

5. Why does Twain say that the Moors are afraid of a certain country?

Short Essay Questions

1. After their visit to Versailles, the travelers return to find that a "great battle" has taken place on the ship, and they have missed the events. What was the battle about, and who were the participants?

2. In Chapter 13, the group hires a tour guide to show them famous sites. Despite being tasked with this duty, the guide seems more interested in obtaining money by taking the tourists shopping and earning a commission. He even manages to keep them from making the Louvre before closing. What does this say about the tour guides in Paris, and how might this affect the group's hiring of other tour guides in the future?

3. What is the legend associated with the Grotto Del Cane? From what event did this legend arise?

4. Twain has a moment of questioned faith in Chapter 6. What inspires this questioning? Is he questioning his faith or the object? Why does he question at all?

5. Describe the scene with the kid gloves. What do you think bothers Twain the most about this situation?

6. Twain accompanies his group to the Coliseum. As he watches them scrabble for pieces of the huge building, he finds a playbill where a woman invites a man on a secret date. Why is this piece of trash more interesting to Twain than the souvenirs his friends seek?

7. Venice is a city of many stories and legends. Describe the legend of the patron saint of Venice, St. Mark.

8. Twain is a bit contradictory in his opinions of the French. Outline Twain's opinions and theorize why he might feel that way.

9. Twain has not been very complimentary to the cities/countries he has visited so far, and Italy is doomed to the same fate so far in Chapter 20. He lumps Italy with the other disappointments he has experienced up until that time. What indication does Twain give that he is unhappy with Italy?

10. Venice seems to bring out a flurry of emotions in Twain. He is at first disappointed then excited, and in Chapter 23, eventually bored. Why is Twain eventually bored?

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