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Giacomo Leopardi: Quiz


Question 1: In the poem All'Italia, Leopardi laments the fallen at the ________ (480 BC, fought between the Greeks under Leonidas and the Persians under Xerxes), and reevokes the greatness of the past.
Battle of ThermopylaeBattle of ArtemisiumSecond Persian invasion of GreeceGreco-Persian Wars

Question 2: La Ginestra, which was composed near ________ in a villa on the hillside of Vesuvius itself, consists of 317 verses and uses free strophes of hendecasyllables and septuplets as its meter.
NaplesSan Giorgio a CremanoSorrentoTorre del Greco

Question 3: ________, the great mountain which brings destruction, dominates the entire poem.
Mount EtnaMount RainierMount VesuviusVolcano

Question 4: Giacomo Taldegardo Francesco di Sales Saverio Pietro Leopardi (June 29, 1798 – June 14, 1837) was an Italian poet, ________, philosopher, and philologist.
List of essayistsUnited StatesEnglandUnited Kingdom

Question 5: In 1817 ________, a classicist, arrived at the Leopardi estate.
PiacenzaParmaItalyPietro Giordani

Question 6: Also in 1832, inspired by a 17th century poem by ________ (La conquista di Granada, "The Capture of Granada"), Leopardi wrote Consalvo.
1658Girolamo Graziani16751718

Question 7: Giacomo Leopardi was born in Recanati, in the ________, at the time ruled by the papacy, of a local noble family.

Question 8: He was extremely impressed by the tomb of ________, to whom he felt naturally bonded by a common sense of unhappiness.
Jerusalem DeliveredFlorenceItalyTorquato Tasso

Question 9: To Leopardi, ________ seemed squalid and modest when compared to the idealized image that he had created of it while fantasizing over the "sweaty papers" of the classics.

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