Hills Like White Elephants: Theme, Symbolism & Literary Analysis


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What is the theme underlying Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants?

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1. In Hills Like White Elephants, which of these is a symbol used by Hemingway to illustrate the theme of his short story?

2. In Hills Like White Elephants, which term identifies a gift that has no usefulness to the recipient, especially when any utility in the item is overshadowed by the cost of its upkeep?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Hills Like White Elephants is a famous short story by Ernest Hemingway, and this quiz/worksheet combo will test your analytical understanding of the story. Some areas you will be tested on include the use of symbolism in the story, the characterization of 'the girl,' and the importance of the white elephant to the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The underlying theme of Hills Like White Elephants
  • Examples of symbols in Hills Like White Elephants
  • How the girl interacts with the American, and the meaning behind it
  • What the character name 'the girl' acknowledges

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Hills Like White Elephants lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the girl's autonomy and reproductive choice in the story in a different light
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of symbolism as it applies to the rugged setting, including the landscape and the train station, described in Hills Like White Elephants

Additional Learning

To learn more about Hills Like White Elephants, review the accompanying lesson, which includes a literary analysis of the story. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify major themes and symbols in Hills Like White Elephants
  • Interpret the meaning of symbols like the white elephant and the railway station
  • Understand the modern-day significance of themes and issues highlighted in Hills Like White Elephants