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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. Why does Smith think Wheech-Browning is coming to his farm?

2. What are Felix's professional ambitions?

3. How many letters does Gabriel receive in Part Two, Chapter Four?

4. In Part Two, Chapter Five, what country has fortified Tanga?

5. In Part Two, Chapter Nine, what does Charis show Felix?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Walter's thoughts on a war early in the novel?

2. What is the purpose of Wheech-Browning's visit to Walter's farm?

3. How does Walter try to get his farm back?

4. What changes Walter's stance on joining the army?

5. In Part Two, Chapter Four, Gabriel receives three letters. What do the letters say and who are they from?

6. What happens when an Indian refuses an order by Bilderbeck?

7. How does the author use point of view in the novel?

8. What do the Germans do to Walter's farm?

9. How does Gabriel end up injured?

10. Summarize what Gabriel reflects on since his honeymoon while aboard a ship from India to Africa.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Charis commit suicide? What are the factors behind her choice? What does she think will happen if others know the truth about her infidelity? Is her decision a selfish one?

Essay Topic 2

In An Ice Cream War, Felix Cobb, the protagonist, can be described as a dynamic character because he evolves throughout the novel. Contrary to Felix is his brother, Gabriel. Gabriel is a static character because he remains the same, a dedicated soldier, throughout the novel. In an essay, examine the role of dynamic and static characters in the novel An Ice Cream War.

Essay Topic 3

In Part Two, Chapter Fourteen, Walter finally makes it back to his farm. It is in terrible condition, with feces all over. His baby daughter's grave is desecrated and he discovers that his decorticator is missing. What is the decorticator a symbol of?

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