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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 is the name of the school the boys attend?

2. What does Finny accidentally wear as a belt?

3. What does Gene tell a story about?

4. How long has it been since Gene was last at this school?

5. What does Finny do with Gene to make him late?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who does Gene describe the tree when he was younger and standing in front of it with other boys?

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

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

5. Compare and contrast Brinker and Leper.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is Gene who feels responsible for Finny's fall, and the guilt follows him throughout the book.

Part 1: What happened to case Gene's guilt about Finny's fall?

Part 2: Do you think Gene caused Finny to fall? Why or why not?

Part 3: Even though Finny tells Gene that it wasn't his fault, why can't Gene let go of his guilt?

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

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.

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