Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
While Gene continues to feel upset about Finny's accident, it seems that even though he is 'cleared' of his charges and Finny never seems to blame him, the 'sin' follows him.
Part 1: Do you feel that Gene sinned? Was his bouncing of the branch done out of hatred? Support your answer.
Part 2: Does Gene ever find a sense of redemption? Why or why not?
Part 3: What does Finny's fall represent in this novel? What does it have to say about growing up?
The theme of jealousy is one that comes up often in the story itself. Longing for something that someone else has is natural, but it can have tragic consequences.
Part 1: Describe the jealousy that Gene and Finny feel.
Part 2: What does the jealousy of these two characters seem to cause for them and for their lives?
Part 3: What other ways is jealousy shown to affect the other characters in the novel?
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?
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