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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 Dr. Adams think Boulton picked a fight with him?

2. What does Nick do when he learns that his mother wants to see him?

3. Why do Nick and Bill not go out in the boat?

4. Where does Nick find Bill?

5. What has Marjorie brought along tonight?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hemingway show contrasts in character in this story?

2. Explain the scenario of the Memoir of Chapter 8.

3. 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?

4. Explain how the young matador shows disrespect to the older matadors.

5. Explain the significance of the wet, dead leaves affixed to the bodies of the condemned men in the Memoir for Chapter 5.

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

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

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. What is the premise of the story "My Old Man" in Chapter 13?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the story "The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife," Nick becomes a pawn in a passive-aggressive game between his parents. Describe the dynamic in the Adams' household and why Nick is forced to choose between his mother and father. Why does Nick make the decision he does?

Essay Topic 2

Develop a character study of Agnes von Kurowsky. Why is she important to Nick? Is it because she is caring for his physical wounds? Would Nick have fallen in love with Agnes if they had met in different circumstances? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

There are several instances in the book where young men--Nick for example--must face war and then the return home. Develop an essay on this related statement: "Nick returned home where everything was the same and nothing was the same."

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