The Italians Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Throughout their long history the Italian people have learned that their best defense against corruption, violence, civil wars and revolutions is to do what?
(a) Speak out.
(b) Protest.
(c) Hide.
(d) Keep their mouths shut.

2. What is the Baroque period?
(a) A time of magnificent artistic creativity beginning in 17th century Italy.
(b) A time of very little artistic creativity.
(c) A time of gothic cathedrals and other impressive architecture.
(d) A time of minimalism and streamlined design and architecture.

3. There are visible signs of material advantages in the North, but there is always the danger of what?
(a) Losing that advantage.
(b) Spiritual impoverishment and hedonism.
(c) Poverty and insecurity.
(d) Economic collapse.

4. The confusion about the Mafia is almost always perpetuated by whom?
(a) The organization itself.
(b) The media.
(c) The Italians.
(d) The Sicilians.

5. Baroque theater also becomes popular, and the custom of using ___________ at celebrations and events today mimics the glorious _________ crafted in this colorful and artistic time period.
(a) Jewelry.
(b) Hats.
(c) Masks.
(d) Scarves.

6. Almost everyone in Sicily understands what?
(a) The fact that the Sicilians cause many of the problems from which the Mafia protects people.
(b) The fact that the Mafia is a good source of protection.
(c) The fact that the Italians cause many of the problems from which the Mafia protects people.
(d) The irony that the Mafia often causes the problems from which it protects.

7. The people of this island are extremely ________________.
(a) Intelligent.
(b) Rude.
(c) Annoying.
(d) Ignorant.

8. The heads of Mafia organizations are usually _____________________ with impeccable manners and ingratiating charm which do not belie the cruelty underneath.
(a) Beautiful.
(b) Wealthy professional citizens.
(c) Well-educated.
(d) Royalty.

9. What do most Italians think about contemporary capitalism?
(a) It is worthless.
(b) They do not understand it.
(c) It cannot be trusted.
(d) It is too difficult to understand.

10. Why do most Italians have no need to read Guicciardini's writing?
(a) They would not agree with what he has to say.
(b) They know him well.
(c) His story is told in every family.
(d) They seem to be born knowing that minding their own business will serve them in all circumstances throughout life.

11. Why could this man not achieve practical results?
(a) He was not dedicated to his work.
(b) He was not organized.
(c) He was mentally unstable.
(d) He was too much of a dreamer.

12. Guicciardini became a lawyer and went into what service in 1515?
(a) Military.
(b) Papal.
(c) Political.
(d) Corporate law.

13. What else do Italians think about capitalism?
(a) They appreciate the outward aspects of it but do not believe it truly exists.
(b) They think it is only for the wealthy.
(c) They think it requires too much responsibility from the citizens.
(d) They cannot appreciate anything about it.

14. What becomes the center of Baroque life in all of Europe?
(a) London.
(b) Paris.
(c) Milan.
(d) Rome.

15. The culture and qualities of the Italian people are ______________ on this island.
(a) The same.
(b) Magnified.
(c) Non-existent.
(d) Diminished.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Italians avoid at all costs?

2. In exchange for protection by the Mafia, what happens to people?

3. In return for protection, what does the family demand?

4. What is one book that reigns supreme in cases of conduct?

5. What are Mafia members called?

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