The Sun Also Rises: Chapters 1-5

Contributor: Melissa Kowalski. Lesson ID: 12744

What makes for a fulfilling, happy life? Perhaps lots of adventure and travel? Maybe a good marriage. Don't forget wealth and major recognition! See how a famous author coped with all that and more!


Literary Studies

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Can you identify the author in the picture below? What might you guess about him by his looks? What kind of books would he write?

Ernest Hemingway

Image courtesy John F. Kennedy library [public domain]

Known affectionately as "Papa," Ernest Hemingway is one of the most famous American authors of the twentieth century.

Many of the incidents in Hemingway's life were used as the bases for his novels, short stories, and poems.

Learn about Hemingway's life by exploring Ernest Hemingway Biography ( As you read, take notes on the facts of Hemingway's life and use them to answer the short comprehension quiz when you are done.

Now that you have read about Hemingway's life, take the quiz below to see how much you learned. You may refer back to the article if you are having trouble:

  • What about Hemingway's life surprised you?
  • Did you know anything about Hemingway's life before reading the article?

Write down your thoughts in your journal.

As you learned in the biography, The Sun Also Rises was Hemingway's first published novel, although he had already printed several short stories and poems. The novel was published in 1926 and captures the post-World War I years in Paris.

Read Chapters One through Five of The Sun Also Rises for this lesson. You will need to obtain a print copy of this novel, which you can find in your local library or bookstore. There are also many used copies of this book and digital downloads for different devices available as well. As you read, take notes on the three main characters introduced in these first five chapters: Robert Cohn, Jake Barnes, and Lady Ashley (Brett). Take note of any events in their past that are mentioned, as well as what their personalities are like in post-war Paris. You will use your notes to help you answer questions in the Got It? section.

When you've finished reading and taking notes, move on to the Got It? section to explore the plot and characters of these first five chapters of the novel.

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