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. What event saves Felix, causing him to leave the dinner table and go outside?

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

3. In Part Two, Chapter Eight, what ails Felix?

4. What is Bilderbeck's response to a refusal of an Indian soldier to fight?

5. Who summons Walter to meet him?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part One, Chapter Four, why is Felix upset with Gabriel?

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

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

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

5. What happens on Charis and Gabriel's honeymoon?

6. How do Gabriel and other British soldiers get trapped in a ditch?

7. What benefit is Bilderbeck to Gabriel?

8. Describe Felix's interactions with his family in Part One, Chapter Four.

9. What happens with the biplane in Part Two, Chapter Twelve?

10. What changes between Charis and Felix at the end of Part Two, Chapter Ten?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Felix's motivation for being in the war? Write an essay that analyzes the theme of redemption as related to Felix's motivation for serving in the 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

In the beginning of the novel, Felix is a youth attempting to negotiate a difficult and awkward transition from adolescence to adulthood. By the end of the novel Felix is battle-scarred and world-weary.war. By the time Felix boards a ship to take him back to England, he has seen years of gruesome death, some even involving loved ones. Felix himself has also been forever physically altered or damaged. Through the course of the novel, Felix Cobb can be thought of as two characters in one. In an essay, conduct a character analysis of Felix Cobb that addresses these points.

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