A Farewell to Arms Test | Final 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. At the beginning of Chapter 41, Catherine refers to her labor pains as:

2. This military situation for the Italians at this point in the novel is:

3. Who tells Frederic that Catherine has left Milan?

4. At the end of Chapter 41, Catherine dies. . .

5. Which statement best describes Frederic's feelings about his new mountain home?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has the relationship between Catherine and Frederic matured?

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

3. Why does the couple relocate to Lausanne?

4. Why do you think Catherine suggests that the baby will "come between them"?

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

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

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

8. Describe Frederic's reaction to the birth of his son.

9. Describe the reunion between Frederic and Catherine.

10. Should Frederic's actions at the end of the retreat be described as honorable or as cowardly?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Water is a reoccurring symbol in this novel. It appears as lakes, rivers, and rain.

1 - Summarize the places in the story where Hemingway utilizes water as a symbol.

2- What does this symbol seem to stand for when looking at the novel as a whole? How is this different from how Catherine's mentioning of rain in the beginning of the novel?

3 - How does the use of this symbol intensify the plot and the writing?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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