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 is the Prince overlooking in his daughter?

2. How does the Prince travel to Palermo?

3. Who accompanies the Prince on his walk the day after he receives the letter from Tancredi?

4. How does the Prince respond to Tancredi's reasons for proposing to Angelica?

5. Who invited the villagers to visit the estate later in the evening?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the Prince see in the garden and what does he turn to as a source of comfort?

4. What is the purpose of Tancredi's interruption of the Prince in Chapter 1, Part 2?

5. How does the manager describe Angelica to the Prince and what is the Prince's opinion of Calogero at the end of Chapter 2, Part 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 is the difference in the Prince as he arrives in Donnafugata and what does the change in him represent?

9. What is Tancredi doing at the end of Chapter 2?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Irony and foreshadowing are two of the many literary techniques used by the author in writing The Leopard.

1) Describe 3 examples of foreshadowing in the book and how they represent the main theme.

2) Describe 3 examples of irony in the book and the significance of the characters and places for each one.

Essay Topic 3

The tone of the author throughout the book changes from descriptive prose to suspenseful narrative.

1) Explain 3 examples of how the author uses vivid descriptions to parallel the atmosphere and mood of the characters.

2) Describe the tone at the end of the story, the reason for the change, how the plot changes along with the narration, and why the author chooses to present this type of suspense after the main character has died.

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