The Italian, or, the Confessional of the Black Penitents Test | Final 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. Who did Olivia correspond regularly with in Chapter 30?

2. In Chapter 18, what does Ellena's room contain that she is unaware of?

3. What does Schedoni learn was the fate of the village of the Barone di Cambrusca?

4. What does Ellena fear when she is visited by Beatrice in Chapter 30?

5. Whose trial is Vivaldi called to testify in, at the start of Chapter 29?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Vivaldi and Paulo questioned in Chapter 26, and how do they both reply?

2. Why does Ellena believe that Schedoni came to save her from Spaltaro?

3. In Chapter 20, who is Schedoni revealed to be, and why has he striven to be in the Marchesa's good graces?

4. What does Schedoni find out about his relationship to Ellena, and what does he do when he receives this news?

5. What does Schedoni report to the Marchesa di Vivaldi, and what does she believe has happened?

6. Describe what happens when Schedoni, Ellena, and their guide come upon a deserted village.

7. Why is Ellena distressed when Schedoni shares where he plans to deposit her for safety, and what does she suggest as an alternative?

8. What does Vivaldi refuse to tell the Tribunal of the Inquisition, and how is his refusal met?

9. What does the guide tell Schedoni about Spaltaro in Chapter 23, and what does Schedoni do in response?

10. Who is the mysterious monk, and what does he claim is true about Schedoni, and what does he produce to verify his story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do the minor characters in the novel affect the plot? How would the novel be different if one or more of these characters were removed?

Essay Topic 2

What role does social class play in "The Italian"? What different classes are represented and by which characters?

Essay Topic 3

How would the story be different if Vivaldi's mother had approved of his intentions to marry Ellena?

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