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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. Where does Gene leap after Finny falls?

2. What happens that causes Gene to hurry his pace?

3. Who chastises Gene for his summer forbidden activities?

4. What does Finny confess to have had during the fall?

5. What does Gene tell a story about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After Gene leaps from the branch into the water, how does Finny respond?

3. What does Gene remember as he pauses near the river on his way to an appointment at the Crew House?

4. What does Finny convince Gene they should do before they head back to Devon?

5. Compare and contrast Brinker and Leper.

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

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

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

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

10. What does the doctor say about the outcome of Finny's injury?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Finny's fall becomes the focus of the story, and one that affects each of the characters in a different way.

Part 1: Describe the events that led up to Finny's accident.

Part 2: How is Finny affected by the fall? Compare and contrast his personality before and after the fall.

Part 3: How is Gene affected by Finny's fall? Compare and contrast his personality and actions before and after the fall.

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

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?

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