The Stones of Florence Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Under what medieval Florentine laws could a supposed political dissenter be convicted without evidence?

2. What is in the middle of the main piazza of Florence?

3. Who wrote a sonnet denouncing Pistoia?

4. In what period did grotesquerie begin to become present in Florentine art?

5. What was the home of the Roman governor called?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize the incidents that began the war between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines.

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

3. Describe the statue of Neptune in the fountain of the Piazza della Signoria.

4. Where is the religious imagery in the city kept, and what does that imagery depict?

5. Describe the architectural difference between Guelph and Ghibelline cities.

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the ways in which Florence and Rome are related.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Florence as the birthplace of the Renaissance, citing examples and offering explanations wherever possible. Then, offer your thoughts on whether the author's assertion that visitors to Florence implicitly blame the city for bringing about the knowledge that led to World War II.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Florentine culture in detail. Choose a character from the book and describe how he or she does or does not fit within that culture. Try to be as detailed as possible in your description.

Essay Topic 3

Describe in detail the character and work of Paolo Uccello, including his greatest work, the Universal Deluge.

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