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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 is Don Ciccio?

2. What are the rebels fighting against?

3. How does the Prince respond to the news of Garibaldi's approach at the end of Chapter 1, Part 2?

4. What is the Prince's response to Pirrone in Chapter 2, Part 2?

5. How does the Prince consider the Princess on his way to Palermo?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is Tancredi doing at the end of Chapter 2?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the story that Tancredi tells after the dinner to Angelica and answer the following questions: Why does Tancredi choose to tell the story to Angelica instead of Concetta? What are some of the possible intentions he has for telling it? Why is the story ironic considering the events that happen on the following day? What are the major differences in the way Concetta and Angelica respond to the story when it is first told as opposed to how they react to Tassoni's account of it in the final chapter? Overall, what does the story represent for all three characters, Tancredi, Angelica, and Concetta?

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

The author uses some of the chapters in the novel to bridge gaps of time between them. Analyze the decision to exclude the description of significant events as they happen (the revolution, the deaths of key characters, etc.) and why they are instead summarized in the subsequent chapters. Also, explain which are the largest gaps in time that occur and what you think the author's intentions are in using this technique.

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