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. Frederic is informed that an attack will take place:

2. In Chapter 5, Frederic performs this task as part of his duty:

3. What negative action does Rinaldi repeat in Chapter 25?

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

5. This character takes the more practical approach to marriage in Chapter 18.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does each couple react to the other's news in Chapter 22?

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

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

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

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

9. Would you agree or disagree with the following statement:Catherine Barkley is a self-assured and independent woman. Why or why not?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hemingway utilizes many literary devices in his written works. Select one of the following literary devices and discuss its use in this novel. Be sure to cite examples, as well as include your thoughts as to how it enhanced and affected the book, in your discussion.

- Foreshadowing

- Symbolism (water, army gear, Saint Anthony medal)

- Irony

- Mood

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

If you were in Frederic's group during the retreat to Udine, would you have maintained confidence in him as a leader? Why or why not? Would your confidence have been affected by his actions toward the fleeing sergeants? What would that have told you about his character and/or leadership abilities?

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