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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. Who does Gabriel visit with during the voyage?

2. What causes controversy between Felix and Gabriel?

3. What product is Smith buying in Chapter One?

4. What causes the Germans to fire on Gabriel?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Felix's plans after the wedding?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe how Felix and Holland react differently to the discrimination they face because they are not in military service.

7. What is Walter's experience in the army like in Part Two, Chapter Twelve?

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

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

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

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

Boyd writes An Ice Cream War using shifting point of views. Describe Boyd's style in reference to point of view and analyze the effect of Boyd's use of a variety of point of views.

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