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 is Felix rejected for military service?

2. What is Norman Espie's title?

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

4. What is the name of the nightclub in Part Two, Chapter Ten?

5. Who summons Walter to meet him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why do the Germans continue to fight the war in Africa?

4. Describe how Walter ended up in Africa.

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

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

7. In Part Two, Chapter Six, what does Gabriel mistake gunfire for?

8. Describe the Von Bishops relationship.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Felix and Gabriel are two brothers who are the main characters in the novel It is clear that there is conflict between the two, but their relationship will play a key role in the novel. Analyze the similarities and differences between Felix and Gabriel and what effect this has on the novel. Use examples from the text to support your thesis.

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