An Ice-cream War Test | Final 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. A zeppelin is referred to as what by the Germans?

2. For Charis, what does the end of the war mean?

3. Why does Gabriel want to stay in the hospital?

4. What feeling describes how Charis feels about her affair?

5. Who occupies Walter's farm in Part Two, Chapter Fourteen?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Felix end up in Nanda?

2. Describe the interactions between Liesl and Gabriel in Part Three, Chapter Five.

3. What consequences do the British face for not heading Walter's advice?

4. Do you think Von Bishop wants to go after Gabriel? Why or why not?

5. Describe the letters Charis writes to Gabriel in Part Two, Chapter Sixteen.

6. What is "China Show?"

7. What does Walter find when he returns to his farm?

8. What comparisons does Charis make between the two brothers, Gabriel and Felix?

9. What happens when Felix goes to the pond to think in Part Two, Chapter Seventeen?

10. Where is Gabriel held as a prisoner in Part Three, Chapter Six and how does he escape?

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

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.

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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