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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 fills the muddy roads leading out of the city?

2. What does Nick say about his father?

3. What has Marjorie brought along tonight?

4. What is unusual about Ad's face?

5. What do Nick and Bill decide to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Explain the subject of the Memoir of Chapter 15.

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

7. How does Hemingway end the story on a more hopeful note than how it began?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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