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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 country are the Von Bishop's from?
2. What is the name of the hotel Smith stays at after leaving his farm?
3. In Part Two, Chapter Five, what country has fortified Tanga?
4. What is the African attitude towards the British landing?
5. What mode of transportation does Smith use in Part One?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Felix's interactions with his family in Part One, Chapter Four.
2. What is the purpose of Wheech-Browning's visit to Walter's farm?
3. Describe the Von Bishops relationship.
4. What happens with the biplane in Part Two, Chapter Twelve?
5. In Part Two, Chapter Six, what does Gabriel mistake gunfire for?
6. How do Gabriel and other British soldiers get trapped in a ditch?
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 how Felix and Holland react differently to the discrimination they face because they are not in military service.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What do you know about William Boyd? How has his background influenced the writing of An Ice Cream War? Use examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
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 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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