Fathers and Sons: Themes & Analysis


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Why is it possible for there to be so many interpretations of Ernest Hemingway's 'Fathers and Sons'?

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1. In Ernest Hemingway's 'Fathers and Sons,' who is Nick Adams?

2. In Ernest Hemingway's short story, 'Fathers and Sons', how is Trudy treated by Billy and Nick?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

'Fathers and Sons' is a short story by Ernest Hemingway. This quiz will ask you questions about the ways readers can interpret the story, as well as what the main characters want to do.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will ask you to:

  • Determine why there are many ways a reader can interpret 'Fathers and Sons'
  • Know who Nick Adams is
  • Understand how Billy and Nick treat Trudy
  • Identify what Nick's son says he wants to do
  • Analyze a quote from the story

Skills Practiced

You'll get practice using the following skills:

  • Making connections - assess a quote from Nick and connect what he might mean by it
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about 'Fathers and Sons' to answer questions about the main character, Nick
  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding why it's possible to draw multiple interpretations from the story

Additional Learning

To get more information on this story's themes, read the lesson called 'Fathers & Sons': Themes & Analysis. The lesson goes over the following objectives:

  • Describe Hemingway's Iceberg Theory
  • Understand why critics think the character of Nick might be autobiographical
  • Know what the story suggests about gender roles