The Sixteen Pleasures Test | Final Test - Hard

Robert Hellenga
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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. In what has Sandro been unlucky in the past?

2. Where does Margot go every afternoon to work on a book?

3. What does Margot ask Sandro about the book she is reconditioning?

4. About what does Margot lie to the Bishop?

5. What do the judges take seriously?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sandro shock Margot a couple weeks after the fresco removal?

2. What do Sandro and Margot do and what is Margot's response?

3. How does Margot act after Sandro has moved back to Rome?

4. Describe Margot's meeting with the Bishop.

5. What does Margot send to the Bishop and how does she convince him that it is Aretino?

6. Why does Margot feel nervous when she returns to the convent after the first time she and Sandro make love and what is the outcome?

7. How does Sandro rationalize his deciding not to propose to Margot?

8. Where does Margot go to watch Sandro's work and how does he feel about what he is doing?

9. What does Madre Badessa say about Aretino?

10. What does Margot decide about leaving Florence and then what makes her change her decision?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The subject of marriage is woven throughout The Sixteen Pleasures. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss the idea of annulment versus divorce. Why would one seek an annulment rather than a divorce? Was divorce even legally possible in Italy in 1966? Is it possible in Italy now? What are the reasons one can receive a marriage annulment? What role does the Catholic Church play in why one would seek an annulment versus a divorce.

2. In The Sixteen Pleasures, Margot is 29 and has not been married and is sexually involved with three different men during the course of the book. Trace and analyze Margot's romantic relationships. Are they healthy? Why do you think she has not married? Do you believe she wants to be in a marriage some day? Being sexually involved before marriage during the 1960s was frowned upon much more than now. Do you think it bothers Margot that she openly violates social convention? What is the Italian attitude towards a woman who is sexually involved with a man she is not married to?

3. Trace and analyze Alessandro's attitude towards marriage. What do you think he believes about the institution of marriage? Why do you think he wants to be released from one marriage only to begin another one immediately? Does it seem to bother Alessandro that he is committing adultery? Do you think the Italian attitude towards men who commit adultery is different than towards women (particularly in the 1960s)? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

The Sixteen Pleasures could be said to be a "bildungsroman" of Margot. Discuss the following:

1. Define the concepts "bildungsroman" and "coming of age."

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze The Sixteen Pleasures as a bildungsroman of Margot. Give specific examples. What does Margot learn? How has she changed? Is the change for the better?

3. Thoroughly trace and analyze The Sixteen Pleasures as a psychological study. Give specific examples. What is Margot's emotional/psychological state at the beginning of The Sixteen Pleasures? At the end? What would a psychologist say about Margot's actions? Alessandro's actions? Discuss three other characters in addition to Margot and Alessandro in relation to their emotional/psychological characteristics.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss the character Margot. What are her strengths? Weaknesses? How does she evolve over the course of the story? Is she likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Do you think she is a protagonist or antagonist? Why

2. Thoroughly discuss the character Alessandro. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend? As an enemy?

3. Thoroughly discuss two characters of your choosing. What are their strengths? Weaknesses? How do they evolve over the course of the story? (or do they?) Are they likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Are they trustworthy? Wise? Would you want them as friends? Are they likely to be enemies?

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