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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 has drawn these people to Italy?
(a) The available housing.
(b) The freedom.
(c) The inviting climate and riches.
(d) The inviting locals.

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

3. 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 a sin.
(d) It is disrespectful.

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

5. For what is Casanova noted?
(a) His many works.
(b) His political advances.
(c) His poetry.
(d) His many amorous conquests.

6. In the 1950s, how many people visited Italy?
(a) Five million.
(b) Twelve billion.
(c) Five billion.
(d) Twelve million.

7. It is necessary for each Italian to do what?
(a) Ward off the presence and the effects of these spirits the best he can.
(b) Give gifts to these spirits.
(c) Ask for help from these spirits.
(d) Pray to these spirits.

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

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

10. Italy is still a draw for those wishing to do what?
(a) Indulge in sensuous activities.
(b) Find work.
(c) Work hard.
(d) Spend money.

11. Possibly nowhere else on earth can these things be found and indulged in with such ____________.
(a) Abandon.
(b) Anxiety.
(c) Fear.
(d) Focus.

12. In later years, people came to the cities of Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples to do what?
(a) Eat.
(b) Relax.
(c) Study.
(d) Celebrate.

13. This author is a proponent of what?
(a) Trusting fate.
(b) The current politician in power.
(c) Building wealth.
(d) Honor and duty.

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

15. Visitors drink vast and indiscriminate quantities of ____________.
(a) Champagne.
(b) Wine.
(c) Coke.
(d) Beer.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are these spirits destined to do?

2. The core of Italian belief is that life is what?

3. What drives the tourists to Italy?

4. Author Henry James claimed that the pleasure of Italy was inseparably tied to what?

5. What accounts for much of the male attention towards women in Italy?

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