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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 does Nick's father hire some local Indians to do?

2. How does Nick sustain his injury?

3. What does Boulton call Nick's father?

4. What do Nick and Bill drink?

5. Why does Nick's nurse leave for Pordenone?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the real source of conflict in the story and why it is entitled "The Doctor and The Doctor's Wife."

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

4. What is a quai and what is its significance to the story?

5. What does Hemingway mean when the maid asks the wife if she has lost something and the wife replies that she had really wanted the cat but it is gone?

6. How does the story's setting also serve as a metaphor?

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

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

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

10. Describe the format of this book.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the character of Nick Adams. What are his similarities to Hemingway? Do you think Nick's character was based on Hemingway himself as some believe? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

War is a recurring theme in the Memoirs and in some of the Stories in the book. How are killing and war perceived by the young men when it seems like sport at first? How do the perceptions change when they are seriously wounded, as Nick is? How do they manage the aftermath of war and the personal toll it takes on them?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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