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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Gene's roommate?

2. Where do Finny and Gene sleep during their excursion away from school?

3. What does Finny confess to have had during the fall?

4. What does the substitute teacher from #19 want to scold Gene and Finny for missing?

5. Who shares the room with Gene now?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the doctor say about the outcome of Finny's injury?

3. What does Finny decide to do in celebration of the first Allied bombing of Central Europe?

4. Compare and contrast Brinker and Leper.

5. What does Finny convince Gene to do that is forbidden by the school?

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

7. What happens when Gene and Finny decide to try another double jump from the branch?

8. What is Finny's mistake that he makes when having tea with the substitute headmaster Mr. Patch-Wilders?

9. After Gene leaps from the branch into the water, how does Finny respond?

10. What position has Gene volunteered for?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is Gene who feels responsible for Finny's fall, and the guilt follows him throughout the book.

Part 1: What happened to case Gene's guilt about Finny's fall?

Part 2: Do you think Gene caused Finny to fall? Why or why not?

Part 3: Even though Finny tells Gene that it wasn't his fault, why can't Gene let go of his guilt?

Essay Topic 2

Leper is certainly a compelling character in this novel, causing the reader to be diverted from the stories of Finny and Gene from time to time.

Part 1: Why do you think Leper got his nickname? What does this seem to say about his personality and reputation?

Part 2: Why do you think Leper is a significant character in this story? What is his purpose in the story?

Part 3: Is Leper a sympathetic character? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The scene when Finny and Gene are on the beach playing hooky is a touching one, though it seems while it is very important to both boys, the reactions are different from what the reader expects.

Part 1: Describe what happens between Gene and Finny when they are on the beach.

Part 2: Why can't Gene respond to Finny's statement?

Part 3: What does this scene seem to reveal to Gene (and to the reader) about Finny?

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