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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As mentioned in Chapter 1, what injury was suffered by the woman who was hit by two bicycles?
(a) Two broken legs.
(b) A broken arm.
(c) A cracked skull.
(d) Internal bleeding.

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

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

4. In what year did a flood destroy the Marzocco?
(a) 72 B.C.
(b) 641.
(c) 1921.
(d) 1333.

5. What is the name of the river that runs through Florence?
(a) The Riviera.
(b) The Tigris.
(c) The Arno.
(d) The Danube.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Chapter 1, who normally sells the postcards in a Florentine church?

2. Before the mid-1700s, on what day did the Florentine calendar start?

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

4. Whom does the author call "the first tragic figure, after Brutus, in political history"?

5. What does the author describe in Chapter 2 as "a stone hypodermic needle"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Medici tombs appear in the public consciousness of Florence in the twentieth century?

2. Describe the "'characteristic' Florentine street."

3. Summarize the story of the founding of Florence, as discussed in the beginning of Chapter 2.

4. Why does the author describe Florence in Chapter 1 as a "city of extremes"?

5. Describe what happens to tourists who enter a church to look at the paintings.

6. Describe a legend that is attached to one of the churches mentioned in Chapter 3.

7. How did Pope Clement VII break with Florentine tradition? Explain.

8. Compare Pistoia in the medieval period to Pistoia in the twentieth century.

9. Describe the typical interior and exterior of Florence palaces.

10. What is modern Florence's relationship with its historical artifacts?

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