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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 becomes angry at Finny's diagnosis?

2. Who is the narrator of this story?

3. Who is Finny's doctor?

4. What can Finny still do as a result of the accident?

5. What does Finny finally conclude about the accident?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens when Gene and Finny decide to try another double jump from the branch?

4. What is Gene the only witness to?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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 3

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.

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