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Luigi Barzini, Jr.
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. One of the most prominent proponents of illusion was the author __________________.
(a) Baldassar Castiglione.
(b) Giuseppe Balsamo.
(c) Benito Mussolini.
(d) Giacomo Casanova.

3. What must be hidden?
(a) All that is ugly and unpleasant.
(b) Nature's beauty.
(c) Signs of wealth.
(d) Foreigners.

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

5. 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 spectacle and majesty of visiting this holy city.
(c) The birthplace of Christ.
(d) Well-spoken priests.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the 1960s, how many people visited Italy?

2. What book did this author write?

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

4. What did this city add to the building facades?

5. Rohan attempts to deceive Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, in what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do many visitors return often or stay permanently?

2. What is a part of Italy's charm? Explain this aspect.

3. How do the Italians feel about work?

4. From where do most foreigners to Italy come? What brings these visitors?

5. How is Italian life like a play or show?

6. Why must one be careful when falling in love in Italy?

7. How do you feel about the deception of the Italian people?

8. How is Benito Mussolini an example of Italian showmanship gone wrong?

9. Why is it believed that both Casanova and Cagliostro can be found in every Italian man?

10. What does the author say about the draw of the weather for visitors. What do you think about this?

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