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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The core of Italian belief is that life is what?
(a) Strange.
(b) Catastrophic.
(c) Beautiful.
(d) Predictable.

2. Why do foreigners seem to have trouble with this belief in illusion?
(a) It is deceitful.
(b) It is hard to discern what is truth.
(c) It is disrespectful.
(d) It is a sin.

3. Some of the visitors are more ______________ than the residents.
(a) Cheerful.
(b) Educated.
(c) Italian.
(d) Intelligent.

4. Whose knowledge of Italy's geography and culture is deep?
(a) The teachers.
(b) The locals.
(c) The visitors.
(d) The politicians.

5. Who was this city trying to deceive?
(a) Foreigners.
(b) Adolf Hitler.
(c) The Pope.
(d) Benito Mussolini.

6. This author asserts that a man must use tactics of mild deception at times in order to do what?
(a) Gain personal and business advantage.
(b) Help others.
(c) Defeat the enemy.
(d) Protect Italy.

7. Although almost everyone recognizes these minor deceptions for what they are, they are considered what?
(a) An odd part of the culture.
(b) An integral part of social and professional relations.
(c) An unnatural part of social and professional relations.
(d) An unnecessary evil.

8. Italians believe that newborn babies are surrounded by what?
(a) Angels.
(b) The devil.
(c) Demons.
(d) Bad and powerful genii.

9. Through the Middle Ages, who was drawn to Italy?
(a) The homeless.
(b) The persecuted.
(c) Emperors and military leaders.
(d) The poor and needy.

10. How do female visitors feel about Italian males?
(a) They are rude and ignorant.
(b) They are too confident.
(c) They are irresistible and charming.
(d) They are annoying.

11. Artists of all types also flock to Italy for what reason?
(a) To study with the best teachers.
(b) To buy supplies.
(c) To steal art work.
(d) To find inspiration and lifestyles that will suit their tastes.

12. What is important to these aristocrats?
(a) Family.
(b) Perception of prosperity.
(c) Friends.
(d) Protecting their wealth.

13. Even though individuals could easily practice their religion in their own towns, the lure of what was irresistible for many?
(a) Well-spoken priests.
(b) Other Catholics.
(c) The birthplace of Christ.
(d) The spectacle and majesty of visiting this holy city.

14. What still remains in Italy?
(a) Unhappy visitors.
(b) An unexplained charm.
(c) Crusaders.
(d) Pirates.

15. From what other parts of the world do visitors come?
(a) Canada, the Middle East, and Asia.
(b) The Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
(c) Russia, Africa, and Asia.
(d) Russia, China, and Iran.

Short Answer Questions

1. It is believed that there is both Casanova and Cagliostro in who?

2. Who is Guiseppe Balsamo?

3. What does the author admit about most Italian girls and young women?

4. Upon arrival, what were nearly impossible to find?

5. To what other kind of music do visitors listen?

(see the answer keys)

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