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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. What does Gene's boss nickname him?

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

3. What does Finny want Gene to do for him?

4. Who is Gene's roommate?

5. What is Gene's response to #48?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Gene describe the tree when he was younger and standing in front of it with other boys?

2. What happened to Finny as a result of the fall from the branch?

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

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

5. Why do the boys ridicule Quackenbush?

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

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

8. What group do the two boys decide to form while they are down by the tree after tea time?

9. What does Brinker do as a result of Leper's enlistment?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It's interesting to note that parents aren't mentioned often in this story - only Brinker's dad and Leper's mother are introduced fully.

Part 1: Describe Brinker's father.

Part 2: Describe Leper's mother.

Part 3: What do these characters seem to say about the differences between the older and the younger generations?

Essay Topic 2

Competition seems to be another large theme in this book, with the boys competing with each other for anything and everything they can.

Part 1: List three specific competitions the boys engage in.

Part 2: What does the competitive nature of Gene and Finny say about their friendship?

Part 3: Why do you think the author made Gene the one that excels in academics while Finny excels in sports?

Essay Topic 3

Leper is certainly a compelling character in this novel, causing the reader to be diverted from the stories of Finny and Gene from time to time.

Part 1: Why do you think Leper got his nickname? What does this seem to say about his personality and reputation?

Part 2: Why do you think Leper is a significant character in this story? What is his purpose in the story?

Part 3: Is Leper a sympathetic character? Why or why not?

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