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 is the primary source of sensuality, according to the guests at the dinner?

2. To defend his actions, what does Tancredi insist that he is doing?

3. Who is in Palermo that the Prince is going to visit?

4. Who is Don Calogero?

5. When does the first chapter of The Leopard take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 Prince doing as Pirrone interrupts him in Chapter 2, Part 2, and how does Pirrone react?

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

6. How is the Prince compromising parts of his life, and what analogy is made for his situation in Chapter 3, Part 1?

7. What is the Plebiscite of Unification, and how does the Prince vote on it?

8. How does Calogero appear at the dinner and what is the Prince's response?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Leopard, the author makes two significant analogies using situations that are indicative of the time in which the novel was written. Describe the analogies and the situations they are designed to illustrate. Also, explain why the author chooses to reference things from the future instead of using universal events that correspond to what the characters are experiencing. Include an analysis of the effectiveness of this technique and what it adds or takes away from the novel from a literary standpoint.

Essay Topic 2

The Prince is interrupted on three separate occasions throughout the book; two are for personal reasons and one is work related.

1) Describe all three situations where the Prince is interrupted, including what he is doing and how that plays a role in the nature of the interruption.

2) Explain which characters are interrupting the Prince and why they are chosen to intrude on his life in this way.

3) Analyze what the broader significance of the interruptions are pertaining to theme of change in the novel.

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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