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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. When does Gene travel to return to Devon?

2. Who is supposedly going to jump from the tree?

3. What is Gene referring to when he describes a steely black steeple?

4. Who jumps into the river first?

5. Where does Gene have an appointment?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did people jump from the tree to the river in previous years?

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

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

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

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

7. What position has Gene volunteered for?

8. What happened to Finny as a result of the fall from the branch?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The tree by the river is the site of many victories and one foreboding accident. Juxtaposing nature with tragedy seems to cause the reader to react more strongly than they might have had the accident occurred in another setting.

Part 1: What might the symbolism of the tree mean in the story? What might the tree represent to the characters and to the plot?

Part 2: Describe the victories that occur at the place of the tree.

Part 3: How does the tree affect each of the main characters in this novel?

Essay Topic 2

When one first reads "A Separate Peace," it seems Finny and Gene could not be more different in terms of their lives, goals, and outlooks. Is this really the case?

Part 1: Compare and contract Finny and Gene.

Part 2: How does the friendship between Finny and Gene change during the book?

Part 3: Would you say that Finny and Gene are more alike or more different? Support your answer.

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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