A Separate Peace Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Who is the narrator of "A Separate Peace"?

Gene is the narrator of the book, and he is telling the story as a recollection upon returning to Devon after a 15 year absence.

2. What seemed so much larger to Gene, as told by him, when he was younger as opposed to now?

Gene thinks the tree and its one long branch seems so much smaller than it did when he was younger. In fact, it seems small and indistinct.

3. Who does Gene describe the tree when he was younger and standing in front of it with other boys?

Gene describe the tree as looming like a steely black steeple.

4. Who are the four boys that are with Gene as he stands by the tree?

Gene stands by the tree with Phineas, Chet Douglas, Bobby Zane, and Elwin Lepellier.

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