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A Farewell to Arms Lesson Plan
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This lesson plan has been designed to develop students’ reading, writing, thinking, listening, and speaking skills through exercises and activities related to A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. Teachers will help students gain a better understanding of Hemingway’s “code hero.” Students will be also able to find and define the symbols used in A Farewell to Arms. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Where and when does the story of A Farewell to Arms take place? Most of the story of A Farewell to Arms takes place in Italy during World War I. (The last book of the story takes place in Switzerland.)
- Describe Frederick Henry's relationship to Catherine in these first few chapters of A Farewell to Arms. Frederick Henry likes Catherine but is not in love with her and has no intentions of falling in love with her. He likes her but sees their relationship as a game in which one says and does what is expected whether it is meant or not.
- What kind of a woman is Catherine Barkley? Catherine's fiancé was killed in the war. She is a bit vulnerable and "a little crazy" at the time she meets Frederick Henry. She likes him, realizes that their relationship is "a rotten game" and is willing to be involved anyway.
- When Rinaldi comes to visit Frederick Henry at the hospital, he brings cognac and talks about medals for the wounded lieutenant. What is Henry's reaction to talk about medals? Lt. Henry sticks to the facts. He doesn't have any interest in finding a way to acquire a medal.
- What happened when Frederick and Catherine were arrested in Switzerland? Their passports were checked, and they were questioned. They told the police that they wanted winter sport. The police believed them and freed them to go to the town of their choice.
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