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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 opens each meeting of their secret society with jumping from the tree?

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

3. "Nothing endures, not a ________, not love, not even death by violence."

4. What is the result of #57?

5. Where does Finny land during the jump?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When the students of Devon are looking at different options for military recruitment, what is guiding their decision?

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

4. How does Finny response when Gene sneaks in to visit him?

5. What sport does Finny create in order to make up for the appalling sport in #14?

6. Describe the scene in the Butt Room.

7. Why did people jump from the tree to the river in previous years?

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

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

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

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

The perception of the war is one that seems to change during the novel as well as fluctuate from the start to the finish of the novel.

Part 1: List the people in the novel who support the war. How do they show this support?

Part 2: List the people in the novel who do not support the war. How do they show their displeasure?

Part 3: What do you think the boys think of the war in general? Is this a 'good' or a 'bad' war? Support your answer.

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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