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

2. Where is Leper hiding?

3. Who do the boys fetch to give first aid to Finny?

4. Gene feels ____ when he trains with Finny.

5. Gene blames Leper's madness on the _______.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene in the Butt Room.

2. What does Brinker say to Gene about his new living situation?

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

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

5. Why does Leper decide to enlist in the war?

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

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

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

9. When the students of Devon are looking at different options for military recruitment, what is guiding their decision?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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