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

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

3. What does Tancredi write in a letter to justify his desire to marry Angelica?

4. How does the Prince respond to Angelica at the dinner?

5. How is the morning described as Chapter 3 begins?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What letter does the Prince receive at the end of Chapter 1, Part 2, and what is his response to it?

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

5. What is the Prince worried about in his return trip from Palermo that takes place in Chapter 1, Part 1?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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

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

Although marriage is a central topic for the plot of the story, there seems to be a number of mixed messages being sent by the author regarding the value or end results of it. Describe the different marriages that are depicted in the book and compare them to each other. Include an explanation of which marriages, if any, are the most successful, which ones are the most relevant to the main point of the novel, and what statement the author might be trying to make about marriage in general.

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