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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. Who is the narrator of this story?

2. How does Gene bounce the branch?

3. Where does Gene go instead of Devon?

4. What does Finny remember Gene wearing during the fall?

5. Gene realizes that Finny has a special _____ that lets him get away with anything.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What position has Gene volunteered for?

4. What group do the two boys decide to form while they are down by the tree after tea time?

5. Who can not believe that the allies bombed Central Europe?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

While Gene is the narrator of the story, it seems most of the action and reaction in the story is related to Finny.

Part 1: Why is Gene the more important character in this novel?

Part 2: Why doesn't Finny make sense as the main character in this book?

Part 3: Is there another character you feel is even more important? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

There is a vast difference in the personalities of the boys between the Summer and Fall sessions.

Part 1: Compare and contrast the rules at Devon at the Summer and Fall Sessions.

Part 2: How do the characters change between these two sessions?

Part 3: What does the change between these two sessions seem to symbolize in reference to the time period and the characters?

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