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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. What war does the narrator mention in the memoir for Chapter 1?

2. What is unusual about Ad's face?

3. What does Dick Boulton call the logs?

4. What does Nick's father not do?

5. About what do Nick and Bill agree is better than baseball?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hemingway show contrasts in character in this story?

2. What is the scenario of the Memoir in Chapter 10?

3. Explain the symbolism of the disassembled fishing rods carried by the young American wife.

4. Even though Nick initiated the break up with Marjorie, he is still overcome with emotion. How does Hemingway indicate this to the reader?

5. Who is the narrator of the Memoir for Chapter 13, and with whom does he interact in this very short scene?

6. What are the circumstances of the "On the Quai at Smyrna" story?

7. Who is the narrator of the story and why is he in Turkey?

8. What is the setting for the story "The End of Something" in Chapter 3?

9. Explain the significance of the saying, "There are no atheists in foxholes" as it relates to the Memoir for Chapter 7.

10. What parallels does Hemingway draw between the three bullfighters and Mr. and Mrs. Elliot and her lover?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the format of the book. What is the purpose of the Memoirs? What is the purpose of the Stories? Why do some of the Memoirs relate to the associated Stories and some do not?

Essay Topic 2

Hemingway writes about women giving birth or wanting a child in several of the stories. What is the significance of the birth theme to these stories? In literature in general?

Essay Topic 3

Hemingway writes most of these stories on the theme of the fear of death. Choose three characters from any of the stories and give their views on death. Are they afraid? Do they live in denial? How do they approach it?

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