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Multiple Choice Questions

1. As mentioned in Chapter 2, who carried Donatello's statue of the Infant Jesus into battle?
(a) Totila.
(b) Fiorino.
(c) Savonarola.
(d) Romulus.

2. In Chapter 3, to which city is modern Florence contrasted in order to show the difference between Guelph and Ghibelline?
(a) Venice.
(b) Vicenza.
(c) Siena.
(d) Rome.

3. Before the mid-1700s, on what day did the Florentine calendar start?
(a) December 25.
(b) January 1.
(c) April 1.
(d) March 25.

4. Which famous Florentine statue no longer has a head?
(a) Primavera.
(b) Dawn.
(c) La Dama del Alba.
(d) David.

5. How did Florentine art express the concept of infamy?
(a) Through bas relief sculpture.
(b) Through painting.
(c) Through fresco.
(d) Through pen and ink drawings.

6. What was the home of the Roman governor called?
(a) The Piazza del Campidoglio.
(b) The Sanhedrin.
(c) The praetorium.
(d) The Piazza del Gubernador.

7. What is the name of Michelangelo's famous sculpture, which is mentioned in the first paragraph of Chapter 1?
(a) David.
(b) The Pieta.
(c) Moses.
(d) The Trinity.

8. To what city is Florence compared in the beginning of Chapter 1?
(a) Boston.
(b) New York.
(c) London.
(d) Tokyo.

9. What type of political speech does Chapter 3 describe as occurring frequently in Florence since medieval times?
(a) Harangue.
(b) Mudslinging.
(c) Elegiac.
(d) Filibuster.

10. Which Florentine church is too far outside Florence for most tourists to visit?
(a) San Miniato.
(b) Santa Trinita.
(c) Santa Maria Novella.
(d) The Duomo.

11. Who is the patron saint of Florence?
(a) Saint Jerome.
(b) Saint Augustine.
(c) Saint Cecilia.
(d) Saint John the Baptist.

12. What does the author call "an incubus on its present population"?
(a) The David.
(b) The Ponte Vecchio.
(c) The Pieta.
(d) Historic Florence.

13. Where did Buondelmonte de' Buondelmonti, the bridegroom mentioned in Chapter 2, die?
(a) The Boboli.
(b) The Piazza della Republica.
(c) The Ponte Vecchio.
(d) The Uffizi.

14. What was the height limit of medieval Florentine towers?
(a) Fifty meters.
(b) Two hundred feet.
(c) Ninety-six feet.
(d) One hundred meters.

15. According to Chapter 1, of what does everyone in Florence complain about?
(a) The weather.
(b) The tourists.
(c) The noise.
(d) The smell.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which religious sect of medieval Florence was vegetarian and believed that the world was utterly depraved?

2. In what year did a flood destroy the Marzocco?

3. What was the function of medieval towers?

4. According to Chapter 2, by the time Michelangelo was an old man, who could afford to commission a work from him?

5. Who is described as the "ideally self-interested despot"?

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