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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

From the very beginning, we learn that Gene will be the narrator from the story, but as with any narrator, a reader must question whether they can be trusted or not.

Part 1: Do you think Gene is a reliable narrator? Why or why not?

Part 2: In realizing that Gene might not be the most reliable narrator, how does this change your perception of the story and of Gene and Finny?

Part 3: What other character might prove to be a more reliable narrator? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

It's interesting to note that parents aren't mentioned often in this story - only Brinker's dad and Leper's mother are introduced fully.

Part 1: Describe Brinker's father.

Part 2: Describe Leper's mother.

Part 3: What do these characters seem to say about the differences between the older and the younger generations?

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