A Separate Peace Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is Gene referring to when he describes a steely black steeple?

2. What has happened to Finny as a result of the fall?

3. Who loses his balance in this jump?

4. What does Finny finally conclude about the accident?

5. Who is the greatest player of the new game?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is donated to the war effort by Devon?

2. What does Brinker say to Gene about his new living situation?

3. What does Gene feel about the war that Brinker says was started by older generations but now must be finished by younger generations?

4. What does Gene conclude about Leper's admittance that he escaped?

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

6. What does Gene realize about Finny as he is being carried away by the others?

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

8. What group do the two boys decide to form while they are down by the tree after tea time?

9. What does Finny say about the war?

10. What sport does Finny think is a horrible addition to the summer athletics program?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The two rivers in the book provide different elements and symbols to the storytelling.

Part 1: List the names of the two rivers in the novel and describe the location of each.

Part 2: What does each river seem to symbolize for the story?

Part 3: How is Gene comparable to each river?

Essay Topic 2

Competition seems to be another large theme in this book, with the boys competing with each other for anything and everything they can.

Part 1: List three specific competitions the boys engage in.

Part 2: What does the competitive nature of Gene and Finny say about their friendship?

Part 3: Why do you think the author made Gene the one that excels in academics while Finny excels in sports?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of the war and enlisting seems to be on every boy's mind as they progress through the novel.

Part 1: List the characters who state they want to enlist in the war effort.

Part 2: Which of these characters actually do enlist in the war effort?

Part 3: What does the act of enlisting seem to symbolize for the boys in this story?

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