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. What happened to the soldier that the Prince is remembering?

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

4. Why has Concetta asked Pirrone to deliver the news to the Prince?

5. What attracts Tancredi to Angelica?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Pirrone say about the Prince's way of life in his speech?

2. How does the tone of the book change in Chapter 8, Part 1?

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

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

5. Where does the Prince go to escape the ball and what painting does he see there?

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

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

8. What is the conversation between Pirrone and the Prince about in Chapter 1, Part 2?

9. Who is Chevalley and what offer does he have for the Prince?

10. What is Ciccio's theory about why the town dislikes Calogero?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Concetta is the final representative of the Salina family name at the end of the novel as she thematically lets go of the past and accepts the changes in her life.

1) Describe how Concetta's character has developed from the beginning of the story to the ending of it. Include examples of how some of the other main characters perceived her, along with which perceptions of her changed and why.

2) Compare the Prince and Concetta in how they both approach the changes in their lives.

3) Analyze the statement that Concetta is making at the end of The Leopard and the possible effects it could have on the future of the Salina family.

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