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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 do Nick and Bill drink?

2. What do the evacuees do every night at midnight?

3. Nick accuses Marjorie of always _____________________.

4. What has Marjorie brought along tonight?

5. Where does Nick like to spend time at the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Hemingway insert the sullen waitress at the inn?

2. What parallel does Hemingway draw between the fire-ravaged region Nick walks through at home and the war he has just left behind?

3. Describe the character Peduzzi in the Story in Chapter 11.

4. What is the topic of the Memoir for Chapter 1?

5. How does Hemingway use dialogue to indicate that the couple's marriage is probably doomed?

6. What is the premise of the story "My Old Man" in Chapter 13?

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

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

9. What is the significance of "The Three-Day Blow," the story's title?

10. Describe how Hemingway's writing style captures the drama and bravado of Villalta, a very successful matador.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the story "The Battler" in Chapter 5, Nick is beaten by a train Brakeman but not punched at all by Ad Francis, a former prizefighter. Explain the irony in Nick's situation with these two different characters. What life lessons does Nick learn from each of them?

Essay Topic 2

Hemingway gives Nick the ability to see beyond immediate pain and discomfort by putting him in situations that give him hope. Cite some examples where Nick's mood and spirits lift when his hopeful nature takes over.

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Hemingway is a master at character study in the scene in Chapter 3 when Nick and Marjorie break up. What body language does Hemingway give the characters? What does their dialogue reveal--or not--about how they are feeling?

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