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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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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