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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. About what do Nick and Bill agree is better than baseball?

2. What does Nick's father call the floating logs?

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

4. In the Memoir for Chapter 5, what are the condemned army officers covered with before their execution?

5. What is the soldier in the Memoir for Chapter 7 doing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Krebs short-tempered with his mother and her plans for his new life?

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

4. Describe the format of this book.

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

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

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

8. How does Hemingway contrast the passive lives of Mr. and Mrs. Elliot with the passion of the young bullfighter?

9. How do Nick's war wound and recovery experience mirror Hemingway's own life?

10. Why does Krebs have to resort to lying in order to make his military service seem more important when he returns home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

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?

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