Author - Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway served as an ambulance driver in World War One.

Author - Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1899. His interest in writing began at a young age and he edited and wrote for his high school’s newspaper. After leaving school he worked for the Kansas City Star newspaper before he volunteered to serve as an ambulance driver in World War One.

After the war Hemingway worked again as a journalist but he also wrote fiction. His first book, Three Stories and Ten Poems, was published in 1923 and his first novel, The Torrents of Spring, three years later. He went on to write the classics, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea, and to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. Sadly, he suffered with his mental health and he committed suicide in 1961.

How well do you know this tortured artist? See if you can answer these questions about the life and work of Ernest Hemingway.

In what year did Hemingway win the Nobel Prize in Literature?
Hemingway was awarded the prize "for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style"
Hemingway was born in 1899 in Oak Park, in which US state?
Oak Park is now a suburb of Chicago
Hemingway commited suicide at the age of 61. What type of gun did he use?
Hemingway's father, brother and sister also died by committing suicide
What was the title of Hemingway's 1932 nonfiction work about the traditions and ceremony of Spanish bullfighting?
Blood in the Afternoon
Blood in the Dust
Death in the Afternoon
Death in the Dust
The book is about the ceremony and traditions of Spanish bullfighting
After World War One Hemingway took a job on which Canadian newspaper?
Toronto Clarion
Toronto Post
Toronto Star
Toronto Times
Hemingway worked first as a freelance journalist, then as a staff writer and finally as foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star between 1920 and 1924
What is the name of Hemingway's favourite bar in Key West, Florida?
Big Joe's
Fat Joe's
Old Joe's
Sloppy Joe's
In 2006 Sloppy Joe's Bar was added to America's National Register of Historic Places
What is the name of the fisherman in the 1952 novella The Old Man and The Sea?
Spencer Tracy played the part in the 1958 film version
Hemingway served as a Red Cross ambulance driver during World War One. In which country was he wounded?
He was hit by mortar fragments and a burst of machine-gun fire
Published in 1924, what is the title of Hemingway's first novel, which was not a great success?
The Torrents of Autumn
The Torrents of Spring
The Torrents of Summer
The Torrents of Winter
The Torrents of Spring is subtitled A Romantic Novel in Honour of the Passing of a Great Race. It is a parody of the world of writers
Hemingway's 1940 novel For Whom the Bell Tolls is set during which war?
American Civil War
Spanish-American War
Spanish Civil War
World War Two
The book tells the story of a young American attached to a republican guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War. His job is to blow up a bridge during an attack on the city of Segovia


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