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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 is impressed with Gene's hard work?

2. What do the two boys want to form?

3. Who is the substitute teacher for the summer?

4. What is waiting for Gene in the master's study?

5. Who is the narrator of this story?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does the doctor say about the outcome of Finny's injury?

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

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

10. Compare and contrast Brinker and Leper.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The relationship between Finny and Gene is a complex one, even bordering on codependent in nature, with one having to help the other in order for the other to cope.

Part 1: Describe the ways in which Gene relies on Finny for his sense of self esteem, and vice versa with Finny.

Part 2: Would you consider their friendship healthy or unhealthy? Support your answer.

Part 3: What changes might be made to their friendship that might make it more positive?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The trial that seeks to prove Gene's guilt in Finny's accident is a haunting scene that seems to have numerous outcomes, beyond that which occurs in the Assembly Room.

Part 1: Describe what happens during the trial scene between Finny, Gene, and the others present.

Part 2: How does the trial affect Gene?

Part 3: How does the trial affect Finny?

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