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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 is impressed with Gene's hard work?

2. What can Finny still do as a result of the accident?

3. What does Finny accuse Gene of wanting?

4. Who is Gene's roommate?

5. Who is the witness to Finny's breaking of the school record?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the opening scene of Devon when the Fall Session convenes.

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

4. What does Finny say when Gene asks him what he remembers about the fall?

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

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

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

8. Who can not believe that the allies bombed Central Europe?

9. What happens as Gene loses his balance on the branch with Finny?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

With World War II looming in the background of this novel, the darker nature of the world outside of Devon is hard to escape.

Part 1: What does World War II symbolize in this novel?

Part 2: What is the significance of World War II to each of the characters in the novel?

Part 3: How does the war relate to the title of this book?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The relationship between Finny and Gene is a complex one, even bordering on codependent in nature, with one having to help the other in order for the other to cope.

Part 1: Describe the ways in which Gene relies on Finny for his sense of self esteem, and vice versa with Finny.

Part 2: Would you consider their friendship healthy or unhealthy? Support your answer.

Part 3: What changes might be made to their friendship that might make it more positive?

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