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. This is a trait of Frederic's friend, Rinaldi:

2. Frederic's sweet reference to the baby in Chapter 24 seems to indicate:

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

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

5. Frederic and the priest agree that:

Short Essay Questions

1. How might Frederic's viewpoint toward the war change after his injury?

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

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

4. What is the significance of the Saint Anthony medal Catherine gives to Frederic?

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

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

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

8. Compare and contrast Frederic and Catherine's access to alone time with that of an average young adult couple today.

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

10. Discuss the tone of the opening two chapters.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

When devising a plot, an author has four available types of conflict: man vs. man; man vs. nature; man vs. society; and man vs. himself.

1 - Which of these conflicts applies to the plot of this novel and the conflict Frederic faces? Does more than one apply? Discuss.

2 - How does conflict strengthen the framework of a story?

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