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. In Chapter 4, Miss Barkley reveals that she has lost her _________ in the war.

2. Which statement best describes the change seen in the priest in Chapter 26?

3. Rinaldi's aggression toward the priest in Chapter 25 is "excused" by the major because of this medical condition.

4. This adjective best describes the men in Frederic Henry's unit:

5. What is the time setting of this story?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do we learn about Frederic's attitude toward love in Chapter 11?

2. Describe the friendship between Frederic and Rinaldi.

3. 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.

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Ettore.

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

10. Why do you think Frederic is so eager to return to the battlefield when additional time in the hospital gives him additional time with Catherine?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This novel is set in a foreign country. This setting exposes us to another culture, giving us some knowledge of how other people live.

1 - What differences in lifestyle, values and relationships does Hemingway portray between Italians and Americans?

2 - Do you think these differences are a fair account of all Italians? Do you think these differences still exist today?

3 - How might an Italian describe an American during this time?

Essay Topic 2

What is Frederic's attitude toward his own mortality in this novel? Does his attitude change, and if so, how significant is this change? What does the subject of death contribute to this story? Why is it important to acknowledge one's own mortality?

Essay Topic 3

In this novel, Frederic and Catherine oscillate in their feelings toward one another, especially earlier in the novel.

1- What did the "games" the couple played early in the novel suggest about their relationship?

2- What was the significance of the discussion Frederic had with the priest regarding love?

3 - At what point do you think Frederic really knew he loved Catherine? At what point do you think Catherine knew she loved Frederic?

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