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. What do female visitors believe about Italian men?

2. Why do these aristocrats live lives such as this?

3. An Italian mother will care competently for her baby, but when she knows she has an audience, what will she do?

4. This author is a proponent of what?

5. What was part of one's Italian education?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is the element of make believe important?

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

4. How was travel to Italy in ancient times?

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

6. What about Italian life draws visitors?

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

8. In what activities to visitors take part?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Benito Mussolini was head of the Fascist party.

Part 1) Describe Mussolini's life. How is he an example of Italian showmanship gone wrong?

Part 2) Was Mussolini ultimately a success or failure? Why?

Part 3) What was important to Mussolini and others like him? Why was this important? What does this reinforce regarding Italian life?

Essay Topic 2

Both Casanova and Cagliostro are said to be found in Italian men.

Part 1) How are they found in Italian men? Why is this believed?

Part 2) Is this good or bad? Why? Is there any parallel in American men? If so, what? If not, why not?

Part 3) How does superstition play into the Italian beliefs about life and illusion?

Essay Topic 3

The Baroque period was a time of magnificent artistic creativity beginning in 17th century Italy.

Part 1) What led to the beginning of the Baroque period? How?

Part 2) How does this period reflect the Italian mindset at the time and even today?

Part 3) How does this period affect the Catholic church at the time and today? Would the Catholic Church be as important if it had not been for the Baroque period and the Italian desire for illusion and deception? Why or why not?

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