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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. Who is the girl Nick has recently broken up with?

2. To where does Nick walk to visit his friend, Bill?

3. In the Memoir for Chapter 4, what do the soldiers use for a barricade against the enemy?

4. What makes Krebs' mother cry?

5. What does Ad tell Nick about himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the scenario for the story in Chapter 2?

2. What is the scenario of bullfighting in the Memoir of Chapter 9?

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

4. What are the main themes of the story which will become important throughout the entire book?

5. What is the most atrocious thing the officer has witnessed during this war and evacuation?

6. What is the setting for the story "Cross-Country Snow" in Chapter 12?

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

8. Stylistically, what is significant about the Memoir and story of Chapter 6?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the importance of the Prelude, "On the Quai at Smyrna" to the rest of the book. What important parameters does it establish? What themes does it introduce? Why did Hemingway lead with this story?

Essay Topic 2

In the story in Chapter 4, "The Three-Day Blow," Nick likens his behavior of breaking up with Marjorie to the storms that are called Three-Day Blows. What is meant by a Three-Day Blow? Why does Nick compare his actions to it? Is he being reasonable or just trying to justify his behavior?

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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