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. What does Gabriel do in the evenings at the hospital?

2. How long does Gabriel expect to be walking before meeting with British troops?

3. From whose perspective is Part Three, Chapter Six?

4. What is the setting of Part Two, Chapter Fourteen?

5. How does Felix get to Dar-es-Salaam?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Gabriel's journal.

2. What news does Von Bishop receive by motorcycle?

3. What is unusual about Felix's response to Lieutenant Loveday's death?

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

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

6. What political reason is there for Gabriel to remain in the hospital?

7. Why do you think Charis commits suicide?

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

9. What does the author imply about Felix when he describes Liieutenant Loveday's usage of "schoolboy French?"

10. What does Felix decide to do after Charis' funeral?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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