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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. What position is Gene volunteering for?

2. What does Gene almost miss when they return to school?

3. How many students are in the first chapel service at Devon?

4. Who does Finny say is his best friend?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Finny convince Gene they should do before they head back to Devon?

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

3. When Gene is working hard to catch up on his trigonometry, what does Finny accuse him of?

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

5. What is Gene the only witness to?

6. What happens as Gene loses his balance on the branch with Finny?

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

8. What does Gene remember as he pauses near the river on his way to an appointment at the Crew House?

9. What does Finny say when Gene asks him what he remembers about the fall?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While Gene continues to feel upset about Finny's accident, it seems that even though he is 'cleared' of his charges and Finny never seems to blame him, the 'sin' follows him.

Part 1: Do you feel that Gene sinned? Was his bouncing of the branch done out of hatred? Support your answer.

Part 2: Does Gene ever find a sense of redemption? Why or why not?

Part 3: What does Finny's fall represent in this novel? What does it have to say about growing up?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The tree by the river is the site of many victories and one foreboding accident. Juxtaposing nature with tragedy seems to cause the reader to react more strongly than they might have had the accident occurred in another setting.

Part 1: What might the symbolism of the tree mean in the story? What might the tree represent to the characters and to the plot?

Part 2: Describe the victories that occur at the place of the tree.

Part 3: How does the tree affect each of the main characters in this novel?

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