The Sun Also Rises Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 are the two pieces of mail that Jakes picks up from the concierge when he returns to his flat?

2. Georgette asks Jake what is wrong with him, since he doesn't want her to touch him. What does he reply?

3. When Jake is about to leave the dance-club, what does he give the patronne for Georgette?

4. What advice do people offer Jake about his war injury that he resents so much?

5. What is Brett's reaction when Jake kisses her in the taxi?

Short Essay Questions

1. Jake and Bill share a train compartment with An American man, his wife, and their young son, Hubert. What are a few of the subjects they discuss?

2. Bill and Jake meet Mike Campbell and Brett at the café, Select. What is Mike's condition?

3. Compare the different ways that Jake and Brett feel about being in love with each other.

4. Why does Cohn resort to kicking Jake under the table when Jake suggests they meet a girl he knows in Strasbourg?

5. Discuss Brett's reaction when Jake kisses her in the taxi?

6. Why did Robert Cohn take up boxing while attending Princeton?

7. What words of wisdom does Jake give to Robert Cohn about traveling and trying to escape from himself?

8. Why does Robert Cohn become obsessed about going to South America?

9. What is pernod and what type of reaction does a person have after drinking it?

10. How does Jake describe Cohn's first encounter with Lady Brett Ashley?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Write an introduction to the novel discussing Hemingway's writing style.

2) Include his use of dialogue, point of view of the narrator, and how it affects the story, and the inference of Hemingway's personal life.

Essay Topic 2

1) Describe what takes place during the fiesta of San Fermin.

2) How long does it last? What is involved in the festival? What preparations are made for the festival?

3) Who takes part in the celebrations?

4) What does the last day of the celebration consist of?

Essay Topic 3

1) Analyze the character of Robert Cohn.

2) How is he depicted by the narrator?

3) How do his own words and actions reveal his character?

4) What do Mike, Brett, Harvey Stone and Bill feel about Robert Cohn?

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