A Farewell to Arms Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the setting. How would you characterize the writing style the author uses to illustrate the setting?

This story begins in an Italian village in the year 1916 during World War I. The writing style is very succinct and to the point. The first chapter is quite short as a result of the author's concise writing style.

2. Discuss the tone of the opening two chapters.

The opening tone could be described as one of frustration. The men seem confined and aggravated with their current situation, and they are tired. They attempt to make jokes to ease their frustration.

3. Describe the character, Rinaldi.

Rinaldi is an vivacious Italian who fully enjoys drinking, women, and Italian nightlife. Despite his over-spirited behavior, he is Frederic's roommate, and it is through Rinaldi that Frederic meets Catherine Barkley.

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