A Separate Peace Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who sends Gene a note to gather Finny's things?

2. What is Finny also in disbelief about?

3. What does Finny decide to throw?

4. What does Finny confess he's wanted to do?

5. Who do the boys overpower to dig up a special item?

Essay 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 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?

Essay Topic 3

It is Gene who feels responsible for Finny's fall, and the guilt follows him throughout the book.

Part 1: What happened to case Gene's guilt about Finny's fall?

Part 2: Do you think Gene caused Finny to fall? Why or why not?

Part 3: Even though Finny tells Gene that it wasn't his fault, why can't Gene let go of his guilt?

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