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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 says, "You never waste your time"?

2. What does Finny finally conclude about the accident?

3. Who hosts the tea later in the afternoon?

4. What does Gene dress in?

5. What position is Gene volunteering for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gene note when he is making up Finny's bed for him?

2. What does Brinker do as a result of Leper's enlistment?

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

4. What is Leper's explanation for his desertion of the Army?

5. What do Gene and the other boys volunteer to do to support the war effort?

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

7. What does Finny convince Gene to do that is forbidden by the school?

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

9. What does Gene offer as an explanation for his disheveled appearance when Finny returns?

10. Describe the scene in the Butt Room.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The death of Finny is a scene that shocks the reader, and yet at the same time, it almost seems a blessing for this character.

Part 1: Why was Finny's original accident the worst thing that could have happened to him?

Part 2: How does Finny handle his initial accident as compared to his second accident?

Part 3: Do you think the death of Finny was necessary to tell this story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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