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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 lives across the hall from Gene?
2. Who is Finny's doctor?
3. What are the boys carrying as they run around during the game in #39?
4. What do the two boys want to form?
5. What does Finny give to Gene to help with #32?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happened to Finny as a result of the fall from the branch?
2. Who does Gene describe the tree when he was younger and standing in front of it with other boys?
3. What position has Gene volunteered for?
4. Why did people jump from the tree to the river in previous years?
5. What happens as Gene loses his balance on the branch with Finny?
6. What does Finny decide to do in celebration of the first Allied bombing of Central Europe?
7. What is Finny's mistake that he makes when having tea with the substitute headmaster Mr. Patch-Wilders?
8. Describe the opening scene of Devon when the Fall Session convenes.
9. Who is the narrator of "A Separate Peace"?
10. What does Gene remember as he pauses near the river on his way to an appointment at the Crew House?
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
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 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?
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