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“A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway. Reading Comprehension (8th Form)

Directions: In this Test you will read a text. The text is followed by 5 tasks. You should do the tasks following a text on the basis of what is stated or implied in that text. For each task you will choose the best possible answer from four possible answers (A, B, C, or D). Choose the best answer and mark the letter of your choice.

Text: From “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway.


  • pebbles – галька, камінь
  • boulders – валун, брила

In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains. In the bed of the river there were pebbles and boulders, dry and white in the sun, and the water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in the channels. Troops went by the house and down the road and the dust they raised powdered the leaves of the trees. The trunks of the trees too were dusty and the leaves fell early that year. We saw the troops marching along the road and the dust rising and leaves, stirred by the breeze, falling and the soldiers marching and afterward the road bare and white except for the leaves.

The plain was rich with crops; there were many orchards of fruit trees and beyond the plain the mountains were brown and bare. There was fighting in the mountains and at night we could see the flashes from the artillery. In the dark it was like summer lightning, but the nights were cool and there was not the feeling of a storm coming.

Questions 1 – 5 refer to Text. Circle A, B, C, or D.

1. The pebbles and boulders in the river were:

a) green and smelly;

b) grey and dry;

c) white and dry;

d) brown and muddy.

2. After the troops left, the road was:

a) bare and white with the exception of falling leaves;

b) brown and damp because of the leaves;

c) beautiful and magnificent;

d) blue beside the river.

3. The house on the river was within sight of:

a) a dry valley;

b) a lake and a large forest;

c) a market and a hotel;

d) the mountains.

4. The fighting on summer nights:

a) was confusing in the rain;

b) was scary in the fog;

c) was entertaining beside the hotel;

d) looked like lightning.

5. In the plains there were many:

a) old farmers;

b) crops and orchards;

c) lakes;

d) rivers.

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