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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 the result of #57?

2. Who hates this new rule as described in #37?

3. What kind of record did Finny break?

4. Has Gene ever injured himself by jumping from the branch?

5. When does Gene travel to return to Devon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Gene the only witness to?

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

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

5. Why does Finny suddenly begin to believe that the war is real?

6. What does Gene realize about the rivalry between Finny and himself?

7. What does Brinker do as a result of Leper's enlistment?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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