The Leopard Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How is the Prince greeted by the officials in Chapter 2, Part 1?

2. Where is the Prince's family estate they visit in Chapter 2 located?

3. What are the rebels fighting against?

4. How is the morning described as Chapter 3 begins?

5. According to Tancredi, what has to happen if things are to remain the same?

Short Essay Questions

1. When, where, and how does The Leopard begin in Chapter 1?

2. Why is Tancredi gone when the Prince finishes his visit at the convent?

3. How is the trip to Donnafugata described and what do the cicadas represent?

4. What is the conversation between Pirrone and the Prince about in Chapter 1, Part 2?

5. What is the tradition of the convent that the Prince visits and the Salina family?

6. What notion does Tancredi introduce to the Prince in the second part of Chapter 1, and how does the Prince respond?

7. How often does Tancredi write to the Prince and what is the subject of his letters?

8. What is the reasoning used by Tancredi to justify his desire to marry Angelica in his letters to the Prince?

9. How does Calogero appear at the dinner and what is the Prince's response?

10. What has happened as a result of the revolution?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the cities of Palermo and Donnafugata. Describe each town and its citizens as well as the Prince's position in them. Also, include examples of the effects that the revolution has on both cities, and the differences or similarities they have with the way the Prince changes.

Essay Topic 2

Although marriage is a central topic for the plot of the story, there seems to be a number of mixed messages being sent by the author regarding the value or end results of it. Describe the different marriages that are depicted in the book and compare them to each other. Include an explanation of which marriages, if any, are the most successful, which ones are the most relevant to the main point of the novel, and what statement the author might be trying to make about marriage in general.

Essay Topic 3

Symbolism is the main literary technique used in The Leopard. Describe 5 different examples of symbols that are presented in the book, the events and situations related to them, and how each symbol used reflects the characters involved and/or the main theme of the story.

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