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 does the Prince respond to Angelica at the dinner?

2. What is the Prince preoccupied with when Tancredi interrupts him in the second part of Chapter 2?

3. How many months have passed between Chapter 2 and Chapter 3?

4. How did the citizens of Palermo react to the revolution?

5. How does the Prince feel about Calogero's status?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does the Prince think about the Princess while traveling to Palermo?

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

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

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

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

10. What is the Prince worried about in his return trip from Palermo that takes place in Chapter 1, Part 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Leopard, the author makes two significant analogies using situations that are indicative of the time in which the novel was written. Describe the analogies and the situations they are designed to illustrate. Also, explain why the author chooses to reference things from the future instead of using universal events that correspond to what the characters are experiencing. Include an analysis of the effectiveness of this technique and what it adds or takes away from the novel from a literary standpoint.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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