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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 the evacuees do every night at midnight?

2. Whose life does the character of Nick Adams parallel?

3. What do Nick and his nurse do before he returns to the front lines?

4. What do Nick, his father and Uncle George deal with at the Indian camp?

5. What do Nick and Bill talk about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the ending of his relationship with his nurse particularly wound Nick?

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

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

5. Describe the setting for the Story in Chapter 10, "Cat in the Rain."

6. Explain the significance of the bullfighting scenario in the Memoir of Chapter 9.

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

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

9. Describe the narrator's tone in the Memoir for Chapter 4.

10. How does Hemingway use dialogue to show the crumbling state of the young couple's marriage?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the story in Chapter 10, "Cat in the Rain," the cat can represent many things for the American wife. What does the cat symbolize? Why does the cat elude her before she can catch it? Why does the hotel keeper have a cat sent to her room?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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