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NAME: ____________________________

A Separate Peace
Test
A. MATCHING
Match each term/description with the best answer.
1. _____ Gene

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a) the one game Finny despised
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b) peculiar; eccentric
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c) a talented athlete and leader
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d) narrator of the novel
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e) humidity; heat
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f) required one jump from the
tree by the river
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g) unspoken
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h) substitute Headmaster for
the summer

2. _____ Phineas
3. _____ Devon
4. _____ A. Hopkins Parker
5. _____ Blitzball
6. _____ Badminton
7. _____ Patch-Withers
8. _____ Lepellier

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i) loner and social outcast

9. _____ Ss Club

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j) official holder of the school
swimming record

10._____ Enfeebled

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k) to entice; trick into
something

11._____ Inure
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l) Finnys summer invention

12._____ Inveigle

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m) the school the boys attend

13._____ Tacit

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n) to become used to
something unpleasant

14._____ Idiosyncratic

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o) weakened

15._____ Sultriness
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32.Extra Credit: What is the name of the summer club that Finny and Gene
invented?
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B. True or False
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Circle T for true; circle F for false.

1. T or F : The main portion of A Separate Peace takes place during 1943.


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2. T or F : John Knowles was a teenager when he wrote the novel.
3. T or F : Phineas ends up joining the Navy.
4. T or F : The teenage boys were in sinecure positions while at school.
5. T or F : The blitzball chapter was very funereal.
C. Multiple Choice. Choose the best answer.
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1. One evening instead of going to dinner Gene decided to _____?
39.a. go back to the beach c. go to the tree and jump alone
40.b. wear Finnys clothes
d. study
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2. Gene picks a fight with Quackenbush when he calls him _____?
42.a. maimed
c. guilty of fratricide
43.b. a liar
d. weak
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3. When Finny phones Gene he concerned that _____?
45.a. Gene might have a new roommate c. he will not be able to come back to
school
46.b. he will never play sports again
d. Gene has a new best friend
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4. Gene finds pleasure in running when _____?
48.a. he breaks his last years time in the mile c. the Headmaster compliments
him
49.b. he gets his second wind
d. Finny encourages him
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5. The torch to open the Winter Carnival games is _____?
51.a. a French textbook
c. a copy of the Illiad
52.b. a rag dipped in cider d. Finnys tie
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6. The Winter carnival ends when Gene _____?
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c. runs the decathlon
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d. breaks the one-mile record
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D. Important Quotations
62.Read the following quotations and tell who the speaker is, what the scene was,
and what importance this quote has to the novel.
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1. That seemed very likely, one too likely, although with all my thought about
these stairs the exceptional hardness had not occurred to me. It was surprising I
had overlooked that, that crucial fact.
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2. I couldnt help envying him that a little, which was perfectly normal. There was
no harm in envying even your best friend a little."
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3. Im not fool, you know You always did take me for a fool, didnt you? But Im
no fool any more.
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4. I dont care, he interrupted in an even voice, so full of richness that it
overrode the others. I dont care.

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E. Short Answer
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Answer each question. Make sure to answer all parts.

1. What do you think the most important theme in the novel is and why?
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2. Explain the significance of the shift from the summer session to the winter
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3. Explain the significance of Genes sarcasm.
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F. Short Essay (5 to 7 sentences):
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Gene is, of course, the character who struggles most to find his peace.
Explain the process through which he moves to find his separate peace.
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124. Essay:
125. In at least three paragraphs, answer the following essay prompt. You may
use your book. A good essay would include at least two quotations from the text
to support your answer.
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127. Do you blame Gene for Finnys death? Why or why not? Support you position
with examples from the text.