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. Would most of these visitors consider doing any of these previously-mentioned activities in their own hometowns?

2. Whose knowledge of Italy's geography and culture is deep?

3. Italy was on the route of the crusaders on their way to where?

4. The people are even more aware of this when they know they are being observed?

5. What are these spirits destined to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. When is a time when an entire city used deception in order to perpetuate the necessary illusions?

2. How might art devotees feel in Italy?

3. In what activities to visitors take part?

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

5. What is the first of the evil spirits? Describe it.

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

7. How important are nonverbal gestures?

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

9. What about Italian life draws visitors?

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

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

The family is the main source of power in Italy.

Part 1) Describe an Italian family. How is it powerful? Why is it the main source of power?

Part 2) How does the familial power affect relationships outside of the family? Why?

Part 3) How does this power affect society in Italy as a whole? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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