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. Who does Don Calogero request to bring to the dinner?

2. How does Pirrone react when he interrupts the Prince?

3. When does the harsh song of the cicadas arrive?

4. What does the Prince sense in Tancredi's words?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How is the Prince's office decorated and what is his opinion of it?

8. What is the Prince doing as Pirrone interrupts him in Chapter 2, Part 2, and how does Pirrone react?

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

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

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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