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. Gene notes that Finny is no uncomfortable with Gene __________ him.

2. Who is impressed with the influence it must have taken Gene to get a room all to himself?

3. What is Finny also in disbelief about?

4. What is Finny wearing now?

5. Who is waiting for Gene when he returns to his dorm room?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Where is the secret Christmas Location that Leper refers to?

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

7. What eventually happens when the boys realize what Finny is doing in #49?

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

9. What is Leper's explanation for his desertion of the Army?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of jealousy is one that comes up often in the story itself. Longing for something that someone else has is natural, but it can have tragic consequences.

Part 1: Describe the jealousy that Gene and Finny feel.

Part 2: What does the jealousy of these two characters seem to cause for them and for their lives?

Part 3: What other ways is jealousy shown to affect the other characters in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

From the very beginning, we learn that Gene will be the narrator from the story, but as with any narrator, a reader must question whether they can be trusted or not.

Part 1: Do you think Gene is a reliable narrator? Why or why not?

Part 2: In realizing that Gene might not be the most reliable narrator, how does this change your perception of the story and of Gene and Finny?

Part 3: What other character might prove to be a more reliable narrator? Support your answer.

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