The Italian, or, the Confessional of the Black Penitents Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In Chapter 12 what does Ellena fear during the concert?

2. What is Vivaldi urging Ellena to do at the start of Chapter 16?

3. Why is Ellena hesitant to continue her relationship with Vivaldi?

4. Who does Paulo announce is approaching in Chapter 13?

5. What is the warning Vivaldi receives upon returning to the villa in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Vivaldi feels when he first sees Ellena in Chapter 1.

2. What happens to Ellena as she prepares to depart for the convent of Santa Maria della Pieta?

3. How do Vivaldi's parents feel about his courting attempts?

4. What does the Marchesa fear her son will do when she hears of Ellena's escape, and who does she summon to confirm the rumor?

5. What happens when Ellena agrees to marry Vivaldi?

6. Who does Vivaldi believe has betrayed him on his escape plan and why?

7. What does the monk warn Vivaldi against in Chapter 1 and why?

8. What does Schedoni suggest as a punishment for Ellena for her relationship with Vivaldi, and what is the Marchesa's reaction to his suggestion?

9. How does Ellena react to Vivaldi's attempts to draw her attention in Chapter 1?

10. What do Schedoni and the Marchesa di Vivaldi decide to do based on Schedoni's exaggerated story of his confrontation with Vivaldi?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which characters are the protagonist and the antagonist? Why are these characters labeled in this way?

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of wealth in this novel? What events are driven by wealth and poverty? How are characters viewed based on their pecuniary success?

Essay Topic 3

How are the different symbols used throughout the novel to represent abstract concepts? Detail and explain how the symbols are used to describe certain abstract concepts and which concepts they describe.

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