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Luigi Barzini, Jr.
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What entire city enacted deception?
(a) Venice.
(b) Florence.
(c) Milan.
(d) Rome.

2. Who is Giacomo Casanova?
(a) A poet.
(b) An illustrious lover.
(c) A politician.
(d) An author.

3. Why do wealthy people come to Italy?
(a) To make others jealous.
(b) To show off their wealth.
(c) To enjoy the peace and quiet.
(d) To avoid paying large income taxes.

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

5. Why do Italians cling to illusions such as those exhibited by Casanova and Cagliostro?
(a) It keeps life exciting.
(b) The visitors are drawn to this illusion.
(c) Real life is too dule to be endured without pretense.
(d) Real life is too brutal and ugly to be endured without pretense.

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

7. Balsamo was what?
(a) A goldsmith.
(b) An occultist.
(c) A silversmith.
(d) A chemist.

8. What did many view Italians as deserving?
(a) Better than they had.
(b) To be the seat of the Roman Catholic Church.
(c) Everything that was beautiful and majestic.
(d) The corruption and tyrannies which infiltrate their national history.

9. Who found their way to Italy?
(a) Barbarians and religious pilgrims.
(b) Gauls and Britons.
(c) Franks and Saxons.
(d) Russians and Mongolians.

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

11. How do visitors attempt to speak?
(a) Loudly and slowly.
(b) Quietly.
(c) With their hands.
(d) In Italian.

12. Italy was on the route of the crusaders on their way to where?
(a) France.
(b) Turkey.
(c) The Holy Land.
(d) The United States.

13. What does the author admit about most Italian girls and young women?
(a) They are loud and rude.
(b) They are uncontrollable.
(c) They are disturbingly beautiful.
(d) They are scary.

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

15. What did Giuseppe Balsamo call himself?
(a) Giacomo Casanova.
(b) Count Alessandro di Cagliostro.
(c) Guiseppe Verdi.
(d) Baldassar Castiglione.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is important to these aristocrats?

2. Why do foreigners seem to have trouble with this belief in illusion?

3. Polite lies and flattery are tools of the Italian people in order to do what?

4. Through the Middle Ages, who was drawn to Italy?

5. Would most of these visitors consider doing any of these previously-mentioned activities in their own hometowns?

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