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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 Ciccio think Calogero represents for the people?
2. What tires the Prince in Chapter 7?
3. How does the Prince consider Concetta's son?
4. How is Pirrone greeted when he visits his hometown?
5. As the Prince is talking to Calogero about the marriage between Tancredi and Angelica, what does he learn about Calogero's wealth?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the overall opinion that the Prince has of his life during his final moments?
2. What happens while the Prince is dancing with Angelica at the ball?
3. What events have taken place between Chapter 6 and Chapter 7?
4. Who is Donna Rosa and why is her association with the Salina sisters under investigation?
5. Where does the Prince go to escape the ball and what painting does he see there?
6. What is Concetta concerned about at the end of Chapter 8, Part 1?
7. What two symbols does the Prince encounter on his way home from the ball?
8. What is Ciccio's theory about why the town dislikes Calogero?
9. How are the three Salina sisters described in Chapter 8?
10. How does the tone of the book change in Chapter 8, Part 1?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Analyze the significance of the Prince's speech in Chapter 4 both politically and culturally. Include a description of the speech itself, the events leading up to it, and why he chooses this point in the story to give the longest explanation of his views. Also, discuss the way the Prince incorporates the people of Sicily in his opinions of aristocracy and the likeliness that all Sicilians would agree with his bold statements.
Essay Topic 2
The grand ball in Chapter 6 is the setting for many crucial turning points of the story.
1) Describe the ball and the guests that attend it, including the main purpose for the event, and whether or not that purpose is achieved.
2) Explain the Prince's state of mind before, during, and after the ball, as well as the characters and events that influence it.
3) Analyze the possible interpretations of the painting that the Prince sees in the library along with how they relate to the Prince's life at this point in the novel.
Essay Topic 3
The tone of the author throughout the book changes from descriptive prose to suspenseful narrative.
1) Explain 3 examples of how the author uses vivid descriptions to parallel the atmosphere and mood of the characters.
2) Describe the tone at the end of the story, the reason for the change, how the plot changes along with the narration, and why the author chooses to present this type of suspense after the main character has died.
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