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 does Tancredi brush away from Concetta's face?

2. What is the Prince trying to talk Tancredi out of in Chapter 1, Part 2?

3. According to Tancredi, where did Tassoni accompany him?

4. What does the Prince like about his daughter?

5. What stories is Tancredi telling Angelica after the dinner?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is symbolic about the way The Leopard ends?

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

5. How has the Prince's view of Concetta changed as he approaches the end of his life?

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

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

8. What news does Tancredi have as he returns in Chapter 4?

9. What happens while the Prince is dancing with Angelica at the ball?

10. What is interesting about the way Pirrone's mother responds to his speech?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Leopard is set in Sicily during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Analyze the way the author combines actual historical events (Garibaldi's revolution, the Plebiscite of Unification, etc.) with fictional characters and situations to create an effective backdrop for the main themes of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Angelica is one of the most interesting characters in the book because of the attention she draws from many of the other characters. Describe the way she is originally introduced, how her intentions become gradually clearer as her role in the Salina family increases, and the changes her character experiences at the end of the story. Also, compare her with Concetta and the different approach both characters have to a similar objective. Include examples from the novel in your analysis.

Essay Topic 3

The Prince and Calogero are the two families that represent both sides of the change the revolution is causing to take place.

1) Describe the major differences between the Prince and Calogero in their way of life, as well as their views on wealth and class separation.

2) Describe some of the similarities between the Prince and Calogero in how they change throughout the story.

3) Analyze the background of the Prince and Calogero, including the differences in their reputations and the way they both achieved their social and financial status.

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