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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When were the statues that decorated the Santa Trinita bridge sculpted?
(a) The 1500s.
(b) The 1100s.
(c) Approximately 70 B.C.
(d) The 1700s.

2. Who wrote a sonnet denouncing Pistoia?
(a) Michelangelo.
(b) Dante.
(c) Donatello.
(d) Machiavelli.

3. What does the author describe in Chapter 2 as "a stone hypodermic needle"?
(a) The lightning rod on the triumphal arch.
(b) The tower of Palazzo Vecchio.
(c) The steeple of Santa Croce.
(d) The memorial to Michelangelo.

4. When did the battle of Pistoria take place?
(a) 62 B.C.
(b) 1 B.C.
(c) 722 B.C.
(d) A.D. 66.

5. Who eventually renounced his nude sculpture "Neptune"?
(a) Michelangelo.
(b) Andrea del Castagno.
(c) Donatello.
(d) Ammannati.

6. Who is the person mentioned in Chapter 3 who did not exact revenge from someone he came across on Good Friday?
(a) Uberti.
(b) Michelangelo.
(c) Saint Giovanni Gualberto.
(d) Cosimo il Vecchio.

7. As discussed in Chapter 3, who defiled Savonarola's pulpit?
(a) The Bad Companions.
(b) Various Inquisitors.
(c) Guelph peasants.
(d) Il Postino.

8. As mentioned in the end of Chapter 3, how long was medieval Florence at peace from political unrest?
(a) Six years.
(b) One hundred years.
(c) Ten years.
(d) One year.

9. What is Donatello's statue of John the Baptist as a boy called?
(a) Little John.
(b) San Giovanni ante Baptiste.
(c) San Giovannino.
(d) The Voice in the Wilderness.

10. What structure in the Piazza della Republica celebrates progress?
(a) The bridge over the canal.
(b) The triumphal arch.
(c) The statue of a galloping horse.
(d) The statue of Pope Pius IX.

11. Who was the first Florentine Christian martyr?
(a) Saint Stephen.
(b) San Juan de la Cruz.
(c) San Fernando.
(d) San Miniato.

12. According to Chapter 1, who normally sells the postcards in a Florentine church?
(a) No one.
(b) A nun.
(c) The sacristan.
(d) The priest.

13. Who is mentioned in the first sentence of Chapter 2?
(a) Mussolini.
(b) Donatello.
(c) Michelangelo.
(d) Catiline.

14. According to the information provided in the first paragraph of Chapter 2, who attacked Fiesole?
(a) Fiorino.
(b) Hannibal.
(c) Charlemagne.
(d) Attila the Hun.

15. From where did the stone for the Santa Trinita bridge come?
(a) Rome.
(b) The Boboli Garden.
(c) Alexandria.
(d) The quarries to the north of the city.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Chapter 1, how much did the piece of masonry that fell from the National Library weigh?

2. Where did Buondelmonte de' Buondelmonti, the bridegroom mentioned in Chapter 2, die?

3. Which poets touted a "tooled-leather idea of Florence as a dear bit of the old world"?

4. Which of George Eliot's novels is, according to McCarthy, a "sentimental pastiche of Florentine history"?

5. Which church does the author describe in Chapter 2 as "half a grain depot to be used in case of emergency, siege, or famine"?

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