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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 Gene dress in?

2. Who hosts the tea later in the afternoon?

3. What is the name of the school the boys attend?

4. Where do the boys go when they realize how late they are?

5. What is the name of the answer to #30?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Finny convince Gene they should do before they head back to Devon?

4. Compare and contrast Brinker and Leper.

5. What is Gene the only witness to?

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

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

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

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

10. When Gene is working hard to catch up on his trigonometry, what does Finny accuse him of?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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