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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 military force is withdrawing from the city of Smyrna?

2. What does Nick say about his father?

3. What do Nick, his father and Uncle George deal with at the Indian camp?

4. Who is Bugs?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain the significance of the bullfighting scenario in the Memoir of Chapter 9.

4. How does Hemingway give Ad a sense of pride despite his seriously compromised situation?

5. How else does Hemingway allude to another meaning of the word "blow?"

6. Explain the classic father-son relationship as it plays out at the end of this story.

7. Even though Nick initiated the break up with Marjorie, he is still overcome with emotion. How does Hemingway indicate this to the reader?

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

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

10. Describe the format of this book.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In the story "The Battler" in Chapter 5, Nick is beaten by a train Brakeman but not punched at all by Ad Francis, a former prizefighter. Explain the irony in Nick's situation with these two different characters. What life lessons does Nick learn from each of them?

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