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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. Of whom does Harry think, “You said that you could write about these people; that you were not really of them but a spy in their country”?

2. When was Black’s Medical Dictionary first published?

3. Where is “that old bastard” from that Harry describes as having beaten the chore boy in Harry’s memories of the ranch?

4. In one flashback, Harry recalls “the man who had the fox to sell when they had walked into” what town?

5. What café does Harry describe as being filled with “the smell of dirty sweat and poverty and drunkenness” when dictating to his companion?

Short Essay Questions

1. What thoughts does Harry have about his past relationships to the “very rich”? What does this past have to do with Harry’s decision to come to Africa?

2. How is Harry’s flashback to the ranch described? What characters does Harry remember in this setting?

3. What does the gangrene in Harry’s leg represent symbolically in “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”?

4. What does Harry ask for when the woman brings him more food after he’s dictated to her? What thoughts consume him here?

5. What was Harry doing when he became scratched by a thorn in the story? What is ironic about this situation and Harry’s ensuing ailment?

6. What food does the woman bring to Harry after his nap? How does Harry feel about eating it?

7. How is Harry shown to utilize his talents in the narrative?

8. What does Harry think about when he awakens alone after a nap in the story? Where has his companion gone?

9. What information is related to the reader in the author’s brief preface prior to the opening of the story?

10. What memory does Harry first flashback to after awakening from his nap in the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the “Iceberg Theory” or “Theory of Omission” developed by author Ernest Hemingway. How did this technique of writing develop out of Hemingway’s past as a journalist? What is the central point of using the iceberg theory in literature? How is this style illustrated in “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of death as illustrated through Hemingway’s imagery in the beginning of “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” What creatures in the beginning of the story are associated with death? How? What do these animals symbolize to the central characters in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the settings of Bludenz, Vorarlberg, and the Arlberg, and discuss the author’s imagery in depicting these settings in the story. How does the narrative style in this section reflect the activity of the characters? What symbolism can be seen in the imagery here?

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