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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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Describe how Hemingway is a master at character study in the scene in Chapter 3 when Nick and Marjorie break up. What body language does Hemingway give the characters? What does their dialogue reveal--or not--about how they are feeling?

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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