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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. Has Gene ever injured himself by jumping from the branch?

2. Where does Gene have an appointment?

3. What does Gene dress in?

4. What does Finny think Gene is still afraid of?

5. "Nothing endures, not a ________, not love, not even death by violence."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What position has Gene volunteered for?

9. Compare and contrast Brinker and Leper.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The perception of the war is one that seems to change during the novel as well as fluctuate from the start to the finish of the novel.

Part 1: List the people in the novel who support the war. How do they show this support?

Part 2: List the people in the novel who do not support the war. How do they show their displeasure?

Part 3: What do you think the boys think of the war in general? Is this a 'good' or a 'bad' war? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of the war and enlisting seems to be on every boy's mind as they progress through the novel.

Part 1: List the characters who state they want to enlist in the war effort.

Part 2: Which of these characters actually do enlist in the war effort?

Part 3: What does the act of enlisting seem to symbolize for the boys in this story?

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