A Farewell to Arms 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. What is the time setting of this story?

2. This statement best describes Rinaldi's reaction to Frederic spending time with Catherine.

3. In Chapter 22, Frederic comes down with ________.

4. What is the problem Frederic encounters when he gets on the train?

5. The first person Frederic encounters back at the front is the:

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the character, Rinaldi.

2. Describe the couple's goodbye at the station.

3. What evidence is given that Catherine is approaching their relationship tentatively at this time?

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

5. Discuss how fantasy is used to postpone reality in Chapter 23.

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

7. How is friendship portrayed in the novel so far?

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

9. Describe the differences in Rinaldi.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 32, Frederic decides he is done with the army. In this chapter, one can perceive Frederic as the protagonist and "war" as the antagonist. This was discussed during this lesson. Considering the end of the novel, is Frederic, our protagonist, the typical hero? Do you think he perceives himself as a hero? Why do you think Hemingway chose to portray his protagonist as having such a self-perception?

Essay Topic 2

What is the role of patriotism in this novel? Compare and contrast Frederic with the patriotic character, Gino, from Chapter 27. What are the views of each man? Discuss their difference of opinion to uncover the main point each believes about the war. In what ways does the novel critique the romantic rhetoric of war, honor, and patriotism?

Essay Topic 3

To what degree do Frederic's decisions affect the course of this story? Consider the following decisions (this list is not exclusive nor in order of occurrence) Frederic made and discuss how (and if) they affected the story. You can use some or all of these or include your own examples.

- Frederic engaged in a drinking game when he was to meet Catherine

- Frederic dove into the river amidst gunfire

- Frederic wrote home for money

- Frederic shot the sergeant

- Frederic chose to see Catherine again after first meeting her

- Frederic pushed to have his leg surgery immediately

What does your discussion of the above choices tell us about the influence a character can have on a story?

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