"A Farewell to Arms" discussion questions

From: Ted
Sent on: Monday, April 19, 2010 10:49 AM
Hello Hemingway Readers:

Here are ten questions I came up with for the discussion this Sunday (4/25) on "A Farewell to Arms." The questions are meant to be points of departure to help us get into the major themes of the story as well as a means of finding the right balance between a freewheeling conversation and one that is structured and focused.

1. Why does Fredric say he wanted to go to Abruzzi, the region where the priest is from?
2. When Fredric is wounded (Chapter 9) he says ?? I knew I was dead and that it had all been a mistake to think you just died.? What mistake is he talking about?
3. What does Catherine mean when she says in chapter 18, ?What good would it do to marry now? We?re really married. I couldn?t be any more married.??
4. The narrative returns to descriptions of water?especially rain?over and over. What roles does water play in the story?
5. How does one ?always feel trapped biologically,? as Frederic tells Catherine in chapter 21?
6. How does the retreat of Caporetto (Book 3) lead to a ?separate peace??
7. Is Frederic a hero?
8. Who are the ants burning on a log (Chapter 41)?
9. How are Catherine?s scenes in the hospital in Book Five foreshadowed in other parts of the novel?
10. Is the title ?A Farewell to Arms? ironic?

best regards,

Ted

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