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A STEP BEYOND
TESTS AND ANSWERS
_____ 1. Frederic and Catherine escape the war zone with the help of
A. the priest
_____ 2. Catherine Barkley
A. had been engaged to a soldier who was killed in the Somme
_____ 3. Helen Ferguson
A. approves of Catherine's love affair
_____ 4. The character who addresses Frederic as "baby" is
_____ 5. Hemingway depicts war as
A. bringing out the best qualities in men
_____ 6. Of the three companions who started with Frederic from Caporetto, the one that remains is
_____ 7. To escape to Switzerland, Frederic
A. rows the entire night
_____ 8. On learning that Frederic has money, the Swiss lieutenant
A. decides to steal it
_____ 9. Frederic mentions his family in
A. comparing Catherine to his mother
_____ 10. By keeping most of the minor characters anonymous, Hemingway is suggesting that
A. one should not be personally involved with everyone else's problems
11. Hemingway himself wrote the following statement about writing.
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.
By his own definition, was he a "writer" in A Farewell to Arms?
12. Many novels are great because they have one or more scenes that seem to develop lives of their own. Years after we read the book we can still remember such scenes. If, in your estimation, Farewell is such a novel, select a memorable scene and explain what makes it unforgettable.
13. Hemingway chose his titles with care. Unfortunately, many readers pay little attention to titles. Comment on the possible meanings and appropriateness of his title, A Farewell to Arms.
14. Answer the following question in essay form: How do you know that Hemingway wasn't merely writing a gripping love story with a sad ending?
15. Discuss Hemingway's writing style. What are its particular characteristics? Do they contribute to the book's appeal?