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

2. What game appalls Finny, causing him to make up his own game?

3. What does Finny convince Gene to join him on?

4. Who is described as 'lily livered'?

5. What does Finny remember Gene wearing during the fall?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What position has Gene volunteered for?

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

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

6. What does Gene do one night that leads him to conclude he "will never stumble through the confusions of [his] own character again?"

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

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

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

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

With World War II looming in the background of this novel, the darker nature of the world outside of Devon is hard to escape.

Part 1: What does World War II symbolize in this novel?

Part 2: What is the significance of World War II to each of the characters in the novel?

Part 3: How does the war relate to the title of this book?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The scene when Finny and Gene are on the beach playing hooky is a touching one, though it seems while it is very important to both boys, the reactions are different from what the reader expects.

Part 1: Describe what happens between Gene and Finny when they are on the beach.

Part 2: Why can't Gene respond to Finny's statement?

Part 3: What does this scene seem to reveal to Gene (and to the reader) about Finny?

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