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. What do the Prince and Tancredi talk about during their uncomfortable discussion in Chapter 2, Part 2?

2. Who is in Palermo that the Prince is going to visit?

3. What are the rebels fighting against?

4. Who is Paolo?

5. How does the Prince's family know he is upset at dinner in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the Prince and Tancredi talk about before the dinner?

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

3. What is the symbolic dessert made for the Prince?

4. What letter does the Prince receive at the end of Chapter 1, Part 2, and what is his response to it?

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

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

7. How is the Prince compromising parts of his life, and what analogy is made for his situation in Chapter 3, Part 1?

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

9. What does the Prince think about a marriage of Tancredi and Concetta and how does he respond to Pirrone?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the story that Tancredi tells after the dinner to Angelica and answer the following questions: Why does Tancredi choose to tell the story to Angelica instead of Concetta? What are some of the possible intentions he has for telling it? Why is the story ironic considering the events that happen on the following day? What are the major differences in the way Concetta and Angelica respond to the story when it is first told as opposed to how they react to Tassoni's account of it in the final chapter? Overall, what does the story represent for all three characters, Tancredi, Angelica, and Concetta?

Essay Topic 2

The stars represent an unchanging reality for the Prince that he looks to for comfort and reassurance.

1) Describe the appearances by the stars in the novel and the events that they correspond to.

2) Explain how the stars relate to the main theme of the story and the balance they provide to the change taking place.

3) Describe the role of the stars in the Prince's death and why their presence allows him to accept one of the biggest changes of his life.

Essay Topic 3

Angelica is one of the most interesting characters in the book because of the attention she draws from many of the other characters. Describe the way she is originally introduced, how her intentions become gradually clearer as her role in the Salina family increases, and the changes her character experiences at the end of the story. Also, compare her with Concetta and the different approach both characters have to a similar objective. Include examples from the novel in your analysis.

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