An Ice-cream War 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. Why does Smith think Wheech-Browning is coming to his farm?

2. While at the hospital, what news of the war does Liesl hear?

3. In Part Two, Chapter Ten, what is Felix's first reaction to Amory?

4. What happens to Wheech-Browning in the plane?

5. What is the name of the hotel Smith stays at after leaving his farm?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how Walter ended up in Africa.

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

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

5. What happens in Part Two, Chapter Five when Gabriel's unit goes ashore?

6. What does Charis show Felix at her cottage and what does Felix explain to her?

7. Describe Gabriel's recovery in Part Two, Chapter Eleven.

8. Describe the Von Bishops relationship.

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

10. What benefit is Bilderbeck to Gabriel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Part Two, Chapter Twelve, Walter's meeting Wheech-Browning provides another scene that begins as comedy. For some reason Wheech-Browning considers Walter a dear friend but cannot understand how the topic of the coffee seedlings upsets Walter. Walter is equally to blame in failing to understand that Wheech-Browning is merely performing his job in insisting that Walter pay the customs taxes. The scene ends in another death, and as Wheech-Browning says, it seems that every time the two of them get near a machine someone dies. In an essay, analyze Boyd's use of comedy in An Ice Cream War.

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

There are two main settings in the novel An Ice Cream War. In an essay, describe the settings of the novel and analyze the affect the setting will have on the conflict.

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