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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. Why does Ad get mad at Nick?

2. What is Nick's father's profession?

3. Who is the unnamed narrator of the story?

4. Why does Dr. Adams think Boulton picked a fight with him?

5. What does Nick say is no longer any fun?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the irony of the Memoir in Chapter 11.

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

3. Besides death and the fear of it, what is another important theme in the book which is evident in the Memoir for Chapter 2?

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

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

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

7. What is meant by "riding the rails" in the story in Chapter 5?

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

9. Explain the subject for "Big Two-Hearted River: Part I," the story for Chapter 14.

10. What is the significance of the character, Nick Adams, introduced in this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the use of irony in the life and death situation in the logging camp where the Indian woman gives birth at the same time that her husband commits suicide. How does this experience affect Nick's outlook on life? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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