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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. These adjectives best describe the atmosphere between Catherine and Frederic.
(a) tense and melancholy
(b) tense and humorous
(c) light and humorous
(d) tense and awkward

2. The situation at the race track exemplifies that Catherine and Frederic:
(a) are often seen in public together
(b) are not often seen in public together
(c) want to spend time with their friends at the races
(d) do not want to be alone together

3. This statement describes Frederic's outlook on Italian life:
(a) He feels the Italian lifestyle is frivolous.
(b) He feels he is too timid to enjoy the Italian lifestyle.
(c) He abhors Italian social customs.
(d) He is fond of the Italians' nightlife.

4. On the train, Frederic ends up sleeping:
(a) on the floor
(b) in his seat
(c) in a private berth
(d) in a shared berth

5. Frederic's sweet reference to the baby in Chapter 24 seems to indicate:
(a) that Frederic has selected a name for the baby
(b) that Frederic is getting used to the idea of having a baby
(c) that Frederic is ready to marry Catherine
(d) that Frederic will desert his post and stay with Catherine

Short Answer Questions

1. Which statement describes Frederic's feelings when he realizes he can not see Catherine that evening?

2. This character informs Frederic that Catherine can not come down to see him when he tries to visit her at the hospital.

3. Which adjective best describes the goodbye between Frederic and Catherine?

4. Frederic's opinion of his treatment when he first arrives at the Milan hospital is:

5. The majority of the doctors in Milan feel the plan for Frederic's leg surgery should:

Short Essay Questions

1. Up to this point in the novel, what patterns have emerged with regard to Frederic and alcohol?

2. Describe Catherine Barkley.

3. What does the reference to "Baby Catherine" suggest?

4. How has the mood changed when Frederic returns to his camp?

5. How has Frederic's attitude toward the war's resolution changed?

6. Discuss Hemingway's use of irony in the scene between Frederic and the barber.

7. How does Catherine diverge from the "normal" young woman of the early twentieth century in Chapter 18?

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

9. How does each couple react to the other's news in Chapter 22?

10. War takes an emotional toll on the characters. Select one of the following characters and discuss how s/he copes with the stress of war: Frederic, Catherine, Rinaldi, the men in Frederic's unit, the priest, the major.

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