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Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Twain say that Venice looks like?
(a) A neglected poverty pit.
(b) A confusing, winding conundrum.
(c) A contradiction in terms.
(d) A magnificent city of influence.
2. What are the forms of transportation used in the first destination?
(a) Wheeled carts and motorbuses.
(b) Donkeys and one's own head.
(c) Horses and pack mules.
(d) Wheeled carts, pack mules, and one's own head.
3. What does Twain see that fills him with lust?
(a) An adult magazine.
(b) A picture of his beloved.
(c) White leather kid gloves.
(d) A woman sunbathing nude.
4. What about the French can Twain not tolerate?
(a) Their lack of hygiene.
(b) Their insistence on quick meals.
(c) Their broken English.
(d) Their rudeness.
5. How are the ship's passengers described in Chapter 2?
(a) Elegant and refined.
(b) Long in the tooth.
(c) Anxious and uncomfortable.
(d) Excited, confused, and full of chaos.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where do the travelers visit in Chapter 20?
2. To what does Twain compare Como Lake?
3. To what site is the midnight excursion in Athens?
4. Heloise is sent to where?
5. What does Twain say the Europeans do after work?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Twain and his friends finally reach France. However, their first stop, Marseille, is fraught with problems. What are some of these problems? Do you think that some or all of these problems could have been avoided? Why or why not?
3. 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?
4. Describe Twain's experience at Bois de Boulogne. Compare/contrast this experience with Twain's overall experience in France.
5. The ancient city of Pompeii was buried under an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Twain imagines what the lives of the people of Pompeii must have been like and wonders whether U.S. history would be correctly reported if something similar occurred in the United States. What do you think prompts Twain to wonder such a thing?
6. Twain feels intellectually and culturally insecure in Venice. Describe why a tour guide furthers these insecurities.
7. In Chapter 2, Twain's excitement about the trip is abundantly clear. He visits the registration office frequently for numerous reasons. Do you think his excitement is only because of the upcoming journey, or do you think there are other factors?
8. The romantic story of Heloise and Abelard is given a large section in Chapter 15. The entire chapter is nearly taken up by the story, despite the focus given to a cemetery. Why do you think Twain chose to include this story?
9. What impresses Twain about St. Peter's?
10. 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?
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