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. What does Ellena realize about love at the end of Chapter 6?

2. Where does Vivaldi find lodging for Ellena in Chapter 13?

3. What does Olivia promise to help Ellena do, despite risk of punishment?

4. Why is Vivaldi's mother displeased with her son when she returns to her apartment?

5. Who tells Vivaldi he has been betrayed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Beatrice believe about the Signora's death, and what does Vivaldi do in response to this?

2. After leaving the shepherd's farm, where does Vivaldi seek lodging for himself and Ellena, and what does he hope to obtain while there?

3. Who does Vivaldi find when he returns home to see his mother, and what does he accuse this person of?

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

5. What happens that causes Vivaldi to rush to Ellena's house, and what does he find there?

6. What does Olivia do to help Ellena while she is held captive in Chapter 8?

7. What does Vivaldi find when he returns to Ellena's house in Chapter 9, and what does this cause him to suspect?

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

9. What happens when Ellena agrees to marry Vivaldi?

10. What happens to Vivaldi and Paulo when they pursue the mysterious monk?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Vivaldi and Schedoni. How are their relationships with Ellena similar and different?

Essay Topic 2

How does the third person point-of-view enhance or inhibit the story? How would the novel be different if a different point of view were used?

Essay Topic 3

How is foreshadowing used in "The Italian"? Choose one major instance of foreshadowing and follow it through the book, finishing with how the event is fulfilled.

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