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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does Nick fear the wardens will send him back to?
(a) Jail.
(b) Boarding school.
(c) Prison.
(d) Church camp.

2. What lie does Nick's father tell his wife?
(a) He won't drink anymore.
(b) He gave up smoking.
(c) The other man tried to start the fight.
(d) Somebody ran into the car.

3. Who is the boxer that Nick visits to warn him about the men who want to kill him?
(a) Ole Anderson.
(b) Ole Hanson.
(c) Ole Joe.
(d) Old Joe.

4. Why does Nick's father fight with a man?
(a) He backs into his car in a parking lot.
(b) He wants him to cut wood.
(c) He has different political views.
(d) He won't repay a loan.

5. By what method is Nick traveling?
(a) Warship.
(b) Cruise ship.
(c) Plane.
(d) Fighter jet.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Nick's father's occupation?

2. How does Nick respond when he hears that Prudence has been playing with another boy?

3. Where did Ad meet Bugs?

4. What is Nick's father's demeanor when he is recalled to camp?

5. What is unique about the Indian woman?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Hemingway give a clear reason for Nick's activity in this story?

2. What near altercation does Nick's father have with another man regarding cutting wood?

3. Is Nick realistic in thinking that he can rekindle the relationship with Marjorie, especially in light of discussions he has had with Bill on the topic?

4. How does Nick show sensitivity when interacting with the large prostitute, Alice?

5. How is the topic of marriage presented again in this story?

6. What is the nature of Nick's relationship with his sister, Littless?

7. What do Nick and his friend, John, learn about a peasant man they meet at an inn during a ski trip?

8. What two themes are evident in this story?

9. What negative stereotype about Native Americans in this story?

10. In what way could this story be autobiographical for Hemingway?

(see the answer keys)

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