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 are the rebels fighting against?

2. What does the Prince pass on the way to Palermo?

3. What is Garibaldi doing as the Prince eats lunch and takes a nap?

4. What does the Prince dislike about his office?

5. When does the first chapter of The Leopard take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tancredi act towards Angelica after the dinner and what is Concetta's response?

2. What is the Plebiscite of Unification, and how does the Prince vote on it?

3. What reception is the Prince expecting in Donnafugata and what kind of a welcome does he actually receive?

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

5. How does the family know the Prince is upset at dinner and what announcement does he make?

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

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

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

9. What is interesting about the way the Prince and Tancredi react to Angelica at the dinner?

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

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

The Prince's nephew, Tancredi, is a complex character that undergoes a great deal of change during the course of the story.

1) Describe the positions Tancredi takes on the revolution, how they change, and why his life influences them.

2) Explain how Tancredi's character both represents and contradicts the main theme of the story, which is inevitable change.

3) Compare Tancredi with the Prince in terms of how they both perceive the family's status and the changes that threaten it.

Essay Topic 3

Explain Ciccio's theory about money and the way people view Calogero. Also, describe the Prince's opinion of money and its place in the aristocracy. Use the book to provide examples of how the issues of the characters can be applied to a more general sense of the role money plays in society.

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