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. What does Finny explain serves as a tribute to the school's role in the war effort?

2. What does Gene dress in?

3. Who confesses to the trip to the beach?

4. What do the two boys want to form?

5. Who does Gene suspect is sabotaging his success?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Gene the only witness to?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What position has Gene volunteered for?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The two rivers in the book provide different elements and symbols to the storytelling.

Part 1: List the names of the two rivers in the novel and describe the location of each.

Part 2: What does each river seem to symbolize for the story?

Part 3: How is Gene comparable to each river?

Essay Topic 2

The scene when Finny and Gene are on the beach playing hooky is a touching one, though it seems while it is very important to both boys, the reactions are different from what the reader expects.

Part 1: Describe what happens between Gene and Finny when they are on the beach.

Part 2: Why can't Gene respond to Finny's statement?

Part 3: What does this scene seem to reveal to Gene (and to the reader) about Finny?

Essay Topic 3

The trial that seeks to prove Gene's guilt in Finny's accident is a haunting scene that seems to have numerous outcomes, beyond that which occurs in the Assembly Room.

Part 1: Describe what happens during the trial scene between Finny, Gene, and the others present.

Part 2: How does the trial affect Gene?

Part 3: How does the trial affect Finny?

(see the answer keys)

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