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. Where do the students go to smoke?

2. How does Gene make nice with the answer to #140?

3. What has Brinker assembled in the location answer in #153?

4. Where does Leper guide Gene once he arrives?

5. What did Leper want to avoid by leaving the army?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What do the students do when Finny falls down the stairs?

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

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

9. What does Finny say about the war?

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

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

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 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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