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. How does Gene bounce the branch?

2. What game appalls Finny, causing him to make up his own game?

3. Who jumps into the river first?

4. What do Finny and Gene get for themselves by using forged draft cards?

5. Who says, "You never waste your time"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare and contrast Brinker and Leper.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Mr. Prud'homme come into Gene and Finny's room the next morning?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There is a vast difference in the personalities of the boys between the Summer and Fall sessions.

Part 1: Compare and contrast the rules at Devon at the Summer and Fall Sessions.

Part 2: How do the characters change between these two sessions?

Part 3: What does the change between these two sessions seem to symbolize in reference to the time period and the characters?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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