A Separate Peace Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 sends Gene a note to gather Finny's things?

2. Who is ridiculed for wanting to finish school before enlisting?

3. Where is Leper standing as Gene leaves?

4. Most of the students at Devon are seeking choices to enlist that yield the smallest amount of _________.

5. Where does Brinker take Gene and Finny?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Finny do during the snowball fight with Gene and the others?

2. What does Finny decide to do in order to pass the time in the winter?

3. Why does Finny suddenly begin to believe that the war is real?

4. What do Gene and the other boys volunteer to do to support the war effort?

5. When Gene and Leper get into an argument, what does Leper accuse Gene of?

6. What does Gene realize about Finny as he is being carried away by the others?

7. What was the result of Finny's accident this time?

8. What does Gene conclude about Leper's admittance that he escaped?

9. What does Gene offer as an explanation for his disheveled appearance when Finny returns?

10. What does Gene do when Finny expresses his shock and disappointment in the idea of Finny enlisting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When one first reads "A Separate Peace," it seems Finny and Gene could not be more different in terms of their lives, goals, and outlooks. Is this really the case?

Part 1: Compare and contract Finny and Gene.

Part 2: How does the friendship between Finny and Gene change during the book?

Part 3: Would you say that Finny and Gene are more alike or more different? Support your answer.

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 tree by the river is the site of many victories and one foreboding accident. Juxtaposing nature with tragedy seems to cause the reader to react more strongly than they might have had the accident occurred in another setting.

Part 1: What might the symbolism of the tree mean in the story? What might the tree represent to the characters and to the plot?

Part 2: Describe the victories that occur at the place of the tree.

Part 3: How does the tree affect each of the main characters in this novel?

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