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. The first horse on which Catherine and Frederic bet:

2. Catherine's continuous questions to Frederic about love and his past relationships indicate that she is:

3. Before Frederic leaves for Milan, the men discuss whether the United States will declare war on Austria and Turkey. Frederic states:

4. In Chapter 19, Frederic is spending his days ________________.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When attempting to describe their feelings for one another, the couple states they are playing "games." Describe the games and offer a suggestion as to why each character acts in this manner.

3. 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.

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

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

6. How do you think Frederic feels about the news of Catherine being relocated?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The callous reality of war is portrayed in this novel. There are several examples in this novel where "reality" is countered with "dreams."

1 - Discuss the accounts of when dreams conflicted with harsh reality for Catherine and Frederic.

2 - Why do you think the characters seemed to fall back on "dreams" to help them face reality?

3 - How do you face a harsh reality?

Essay Topic 3

Friendship plays a strong role in this novel. Friendship not only helps the soldiers cope with the stress of war, but it also provides a safe haven within which Catherine and Frederic's relationship is able to develop. Evaluate the role of friendship in this novel.

1 - Rinaldi and Frederic are very close friends. What evidence supports this statement? How do we know their relationship runs deeper than just roommates?

2- How does the "shield" of friendship support and protect Frederic and Catherine in this novel?

3 - Discuss whether or not Frederic and Catherine's romantic relationship shows characteristics of deeply-rooted friendship.

4 - How does friendship support the characters in this novel overall?

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