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. How old is the tradition of visiting the convent that the family upholds in Chapter 2, Part 3?

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

4. What is the Prince doing when Pirrone interrupts in Chapter 2, Part 2?

5. What does the Prince shoot during his walk in Chapter 3, Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What is the news that Pirrone brings to the Prince?

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

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

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

8. What is the difference in the Prince as he arrives in Donnafugata and what does the change in him represent?

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

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

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

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

Analyze the significance of the Prince's speech in Chapter 4 both politically and culturally. Include a description of the speech itself, the events leading up to it, and why he chooses this point in the story to give the longest explanation of his views. Also, discuss the way the Prince incorporates the people of Sicily in his opinions of aristocracy and the likeliness that all Sicilians would agree with his bold statements.

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