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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 loses his balance in this jump?

2. What are the boys carrying as they run around during the game in #39?

3. What war was occurring when Gene was last in school?

4. Who shares the room with Gene now?

5. What does Gene tell a story about?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Gene think is the true reason behind hearing that Leper might be jumping from the branch?

6. As Gene and Finny are getting ready to sleep on the beach, what does Finny reveal to Gene?

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

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

9. Describe the opening scene of Devon when the Fall Session convenes.

10. Compare and contrast Brinker and Leper.

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

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

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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