The Italians Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Luigi Barzini, Jr.
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The second evil spirit is what?

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

3. What kind of behavior do tourists demonstrate?

4. How do visitors attempt to speak?

5. In ancient times, travel was _________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How important are nonverbal gestures?

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

4. What is ironic about the lives of Italians and the deception that is a part of life in this country?

5. What about Italian life draws visitors?

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

7. What is the first purpose of having life be like a show?

8. What is the second evil spirit? Describe it.

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

10. Is tourism new to Italy? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Millions of visitors come to Italy every year.

Part 1) From where do they come? Why do they come? What makes Italy special?

Part 2) Why do these visitors often return or stay permanently in Italy?

Part 3) Would you want to visit or live in Italy? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

One of the most prominent proponents of illusion is Baldassar Castiglione.

Part 1) Who was Baldassar Castiglione? How did he promote illusion?

Part 2) Why did he promote illusion? Why is deception important to Italians at this time? Why is it important today?

Part 3) How do you feel about this illusion and deception? Why do you feel this way?

Essay Topic 3

A contemporary of Casanova's was Giuseppe Balsamo.

Part 1) Who was Giuseppe Balsamo? For what is he famous?

Part 2) Why is this story included in this book?

Part 3) How does Balsamo compare to other Italians of his day? How does this affect one's view of Italy?

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