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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. How does Rinaldi speak of Catherine when Frederic asks if Rinaldi has seen her?

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

3. The major claims this is the religion of all thinking men:

4. __________ warns Frederic and Catherine that people are growing suspicious of the couple.

5. Which character discovers the alcohol bottles stashed under Frederic's bed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Frederic's killing of one of the soldiers make him more or less of a leader?

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

3. Describe the differences in Rinaldi.

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

5. What challenges are posed to Frederic and Catherine in Chapter 36?

6. What do we learn from Frederic's dream involving Catherine?

7. Describe Frederic's attitude toward his own mortality.

8. 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.

9. Describe the reunion between Frederic and Catherine.

10. Do you think Frederic's morale was affected by being ordered to retreat? Do you think the Italian soldiers' morale was affected? If yes, how so?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Catherine and Frederic are both influential characters in this book. Which character do you feel was more influential and why? Did this character experience more or less change than the other? Discuss the influence this character had on the other, as well as the story.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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