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. What does Frederic tell the priest he does to cope with the war?

3. At the start of Chapter 9, Frederic leaves his men to:

4. This character seemingly deals with the horror of war by joking and laughter.

5. Frederic is informed that an attack will take place:

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think people secretly helping fugitives, like the man behind the counter in the cafe, were the exception or the norm at this time?

2. How does Hemingway slowly exhibit increasing betrayal between Frederic and the Italian army?

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. Discuss the tone of the opening two chapters.

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

6. Discuss the change in Hemingway's writing style, and what does this change denote?

7. 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?

8. Discuss the continued symbolism of water for both Frederic and Catherine.

9. Would you trust your friends or people who offer to help you if you were in Frederic's situation?

10. Is Frederic's goodbye to Catherine "fitting" considering his love for her? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The question of why Frederic has joined the army is never directly answered in this novel. Why do you think Frederic joined the Italian army? Be sure to consider knowledge of his character, events, and other information you find relevant for your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

Character development is an essential element of a novel. Select a character and discuss how that character changes throughout the course of the novel. Be sure to:

- describe the character at the beginning of the novel;

- discuss events that contribute to that character's change;

- describe the changed character;

- discuss how the changes in the character propel the plot.

Essay Topic 3

How is pregnancy portrayed in a novel for this time period? How did Frederic take the news? Discuss the dark thoughts Frederic has with himself when he is told of the trouble with the pregnancy. Do you think these thoughts were fair? Do you think the couple was made to "pay the price" for their relationship? What does all of this suggest about the attitude toward unwed pregnancy for the time period and culture?

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