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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 lie does Nick tell his father when he returns to camp?

2. Who are the crooks in the story?

3. How does Nick react to the surgery?

4. Who is Ad Francis?

5. What does the author also tell the reader about the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the them in this story?

2. 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?

3. What is the activity in this very short story?

4. Why does Hemingway mention Mark Twain and his characters in the story?

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

6. What is Marjorie's relationship to Nick and how does he feel about the relationship at this point?

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

8. What information does the editor share about unpublished material found in the book?

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

10. What is the premise of this story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

War is a recurring theme in some of the Stories in the book. How are killing and war perceived by the young men when it seems like sport at first? How do the perceptions change when they are seriously wounded, as Nick is? How do they manage the aftermath of war and the personal toll it takes on them?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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