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A Farewell to Arms

Ernest Hemingway

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1. At the beginning of the novel, Henry reports that seven thousand soldiers have died due to what?

2. Immediately before Henry kisses Catherine for the first time, they make a pact to do what?

3. Hemingway famously said that a writer can “omit things that he knows and that a reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them.” What term best describes this philosophy?

4. Before Henry heads off to the front at Pavla, what does Catherine give him?

5. Before the trench mortar wounds him, why does Henry leave the dugout?

6. How does Mrs. Walker greet Henry upon his arrival at the American hospital in Milan?

7. Why does the barber who comes to shave Henry almost kill him?

8. What is the name of the good-natured doctor who agrees to operate on Henry’s leg?

9. Why does Catherine decide to bet on a certain horse in a race that she believes has been fixed?

10. How does Catherine respond to the news that Henry has received three weeks of convalescent leave?

11. What characteristic makes Ettore Moretti a good contrast to Lieutenant Henry?

12. What does Henry do when the engineering sergeants in Aymo’s car refuse to help rescue the vehicle from the mud?

13. Where does Catherine accompany Henry before he leaves for the front?

14. In what year was A Farewell to Arms published?

15. Why do the battle police seize Henry?

16. How is Henry wounded after he crawls out of the river?

17. In Milan, who lends Henry a suit of civilian clothing?

18. What is Helen Ferguson’s reaction upon seeing Henry in Stresa?

19. Why do the Swiss guards argue in front of Catherine and Henry?

20. Which destination do Catherine and Henry claim they have come to Switzerland to visit?

21. In later life, what nickname did Hemingway assume to convey a sense of strength, wisdom, and mastery?

22. Why does Catherine suggest that Henry grow a beard?

23. Before she dies, what does Catherine say that the world has done to her?

24. What place does Catherine dream of visiting after she officially marries Henry?

25. What is Henry’s reaction to his child’s birth?

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The Ending.

by BubblyBaby5832, August 04, 2012

The ending was good, but depressing.

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Okay.

by doctordepp, October 14, 2013

I personally thought it was okay.
It only got interesting for me towards the end.

Boring in the beginning, considerable and touching in the second part

by MrsMojito1, November 06, 2014

I personally found the first half of the book a bit monotonous, and Hemingways distanced writing almost glacial. The second half of the book, particularly after the beginning of the Italian retreat, was far more involving with interesting reflections on war, life and death.
The last part made me shed a few tears, it was impetuous and expressed Henry´s desperation, and eventually human desperation, perfectly. I´m quite ambivalent about the book, but the last chapters are definitely worth reading!

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