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A Farewell to Arms Teaching Unit
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- What elements of Hemingway’s unique writing style are present in the first paragraph of Chapter XVI in A Farewell to Arms?
- The incident in the hospital with the barber who thinks Frederic is an Austrian is an example of comic relief. Why do you think Hemingway decides to include it at that precise point in the story? Find another example of comic relief in this book.
- Find a passage in this story where Hemingway is foreshadowing Catherine’s death.
- Some critics insist that Catherine is a stagnant character, who does not change as the story progresses. State whether or not you agree with their assessment of her character.
- Cite incidents from the story to support your opinion.
- Analyze the metaphor of the ants on the burning log found in Chapter XLI. What major theme of the novel does this metaphor help to illustrate?
- Define a “loss of innocence” novel. In what ways does Frederic’s change in his attitude toward the war help to qualify this story as a “loss of innocence” novel?
- What nickname does Rinaldi use of Frederic? How does the war corrupt Rinaldi? At the end of the story, do you think Frederic is better off than Rinaldi; is his life any better? Cite incidents from the story to support your answer.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.
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