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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. Who becomes angry at Finny's diagnosis?

3. When does Gene travel to return to Devon?

4. "Nothing endures, not a ________, not love, not even death by violence."

5. Who lives across the hall from Gene?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is one of the main rules for the secret club that Finny and Gene have created?

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

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

5. Who are the four boys that are with Gene as he stands by the tree?

6. What does Gene fear Finny is trying to do when Finny tries to waste Gene's time?

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

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

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

10. What does Gene do one night that leads him to conclude he "will never stumble through the confusions of [his] own character again?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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