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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 does Gene almost miss when they return to school?

2. Where does Gene have an appointment?

3. How does Gene bounce the branch?

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

5. Who ruminates about what it means to be an American during a time of intense war rationed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gene fear Finny is trying to do when Finny tries to waste Gene's time?

2. What does Finny decide to do in celebration of the first Allied bombing of Central Europe?

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

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

5. What happens when Gene and Finny decide to try another double jump from the branch?

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

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

8. What is one of the main rules for the secret club that Finny and Gene have created?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of jealousy is one that comes up often in the story itself. Longing for something that someone else has is natural, but it can have tragic consequences.

Part 1: Describe the jealousy that Gene and Finny feel.

Part 2: What does the jealousy of these two characters seem to cause for them and for their lives?

Part 3: What other ways is jealousy shown to affect the other characters in the novel?

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

When one first reads "A Separate Peace," it seems Finny and Gene could not be more different in terms of their lives, goals, and outlooks. Is this really the case?

Part 1: Compare and contract Finny and Gene.

Part 2: How does the friendship between Finny and Gene change during the book?

Part 3: Would you say that Finny and Gene are more alike or more different? Support your answer.

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