This collection of thinking activities allows students to understand the complexity of the stark and powerful prose of Hemingway. The most important story, "A Clean Well Light Place" attempts to defend making choices in a seemingly meaningless. The thinking activities scaffold the complexity of the story and offers in depth analysis of America's existential crisis.
"Hills Like White Elephants" is the textbook example of the iceberg effect and the text is a quick read with a great opportunity for students to practice critical, close reading.
"A Soldier's Home" rejects the traditions of society down to the level of signifier. To analyze this language play, students will write down the "grotesque" of the narrator's word play to begin to decode and attempt to offer up a meaning. The post traumatic stress of war and the lack of a moral anchor is exposed in this anthologized story.