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"A Separate Peace" Quizzes

"A Separate Peace" Ch. 1-4 Quiz

Name: _________________________

A Separate Peace Chapters 1-4 Quiz

Answer each question in sentences or phrases.  Each question (except number one) is worth 2 points, for a total of 30 possible points.

1.    As the older Gene narrates Chapter One, what sort of mood or feeling seems to  surround the Devon School?  Give one example in Gene’s description to support this. (4 points)





2.    Why was the Summer Session started at the Devon School?



3.    Why do the upper class students at Devon jump from the tree into the river?



4.    What does Finny declare is his “emblem”?



5.    When Finny is caught wearing a school tie as a belt, how is he punished?


6.    What does Finny think about religion?


7.    Where did the name, “Blitzball” come from?



8.    Gene states that, “Everyone has a moment in history which belongs particularly to him.”  What is that moment for Gene?


9.    When Finny breaks the school swimming record, what does Gene suggest they do?


10.    Why does Gene decide that he needs to be valedictorian of his class?



11.    Why does Gene think that Finny has been pressuring him to play Blitzball, jump out of the tree each night, and go on a trip to the beach?




12.    Why is Finny surprised when Gene says that he can’t go to the Suicide Society meeting because he has to study?



13.    How did Gene feel when he realized that Finny was not jealous of him?



14.    What happens when Gene and Finny decide to jump together?  (be specific)




Extra Credit:
For two extra credit points, you must get this EXACTLY right.

In chapter 3, Gene says that one of Finny’s “commandments” that he lived by was “You

always win at ____________________.”

"A Separate Peace" Ch. 1-4 Quiz Answer Key

Name: _________________________

A Separate Peace Chapters 1-4 Quiz

Answer each question in sentences or phrases.  Each question (except number one) is worth 2 points, for a total of 30 possible points.

1.    As the older Gene narrates Chapter One, what sort of mood or feeling seems to  surround the Devon School?  Give one example in Gene’s description to support this. (4 points)
Answers may vary

2.    Why was the Summer Session started at the Devon School?
To get the “Lower Middlers” caught up to the pace of war; seniors were “rushing off to war,” and the younger students had to start preparing.

3.    Why do the upper class students at Devon jump from the tree into the river?
It’s part of their pre-war physical training.

4.    What does Finny declare is his “emblem”?
A pink shirt

5.    When Finny is caught wearing a school tie as a belt, how is he punished?
He isn’t.  He charms his way out of any punishment.

6.    What does Finny think about religion?
He skips chapel, but prays every night just in case God does exist.

7.    Where did the name, “Blitzball” come from?
From the word Blitzkrieg.

8.    Gene states that, “Everyone has a moment in history which belongs particularly to him.”  What is that moment for Gene?
World War II

9.    When Finny breaks the school swimming record, what does Gene suggest they do?
Repeat the race tomorrow with a coach and the school newspaper reporter/photographer present.

10.    Why does Gene decide that he needs to be valedictorian of his class?
He need to have an award to match Finny’s accomplishments.

11.    Why does Gene think that Finny has been pressuring him to play Blitzball, jump out of the tree each night, and go on a trip to the beach?
He thinks Finny is trying to distract him from his studies so he won’t be valedictorian.

12.    Why is Finny surprised when Gene says that he can’t go to the Suicide Society meeting because he has to study?
Finny doesn’t think Gene has to study to do well in school, just like Finny doesn’t have to practice to be good at sports.

13.    How did Gene feel when he realized that Finny was not jealous of him?
He couldn’t stand it; he felt inferior to Finny.   

14.    What happens when Gene and Finny decide to jump together?  (be specific)
Once they reach the branch, Gene bends his knees, jostling the branch.  Finny falls onto the riverbank below.

Extra Credit:
For two extra credit points, you must get this EXACTLY right.

In chapter 3, Gene says that one of Finny’s “commandments” that he lived by was “You

always win at sports.”

"A Separate Peace" Ch. 5-9 Quiz

Answer each question in sentences or phrases.
1.    What does Finny’s shattered leg mean for Finny.  Be specific. (2 pts)



2.    When Gene visited Finny in the hospital, what was Finny’s attitude toward Gene? (2 pts)



3.    Explain why Gene put on Finny’s clothes. (2 pts)



4.    Compare the climate of Devon School in the summer to the climate of Devon School in the winter.  (2 pts)



5.    Describe Brinker. (2 pts)



6.    Why didn’t Gene enlist when he said he was going to?  Be Specific. (2 pts)



7.    What specifically about the school buildings made it dangerous for Finny? (2pts)



8.    What is Phineas’ explanation of the war? (2 pts)



9.    Why did Leper enlist?  (2 pts)



10.    Explain the significance of the following quotation:  Everything has to evolve or it perishes.”  (2 pts)




Extra Credit:  What is Brinker’s nickname?

"A Separate Peace" Ch. 5-9 Quiz Answer Key

Answer each question in sentences or phrases.
1.    What does Finny’s shattered leg mean for Finny.  Be specific. (2 pts)
No more sports


2.    When Gene visited Finny in the hospital, what was Finny’s attitude toward Gene? (2 pts)
He was happy to see Gene, but wouldn’t believe it when Gene confessed to hurting him


3.    Explain why Gene put on Finny’s clothes. (2 pts)
He wanted to become Finny, to be confident and popular


4.    Compare the climate of Devon School in the summer to the climate of Devon School in the winter.  (2 pts)
In the summer, the rules were easily broken; in the fall, everything became more strict


5.    Describe Brinker. (2 pts)
He’s cocky and rude; confident; athletic looking, but not really athletic; takes jokes too far

6.    Why didn’t Gene enlist when he said he was going to?  Be Specific. (2 pts)
Finny returned and Gene felt that Finny needed him

7.    What specifically about the school buildings made it dangerous for Finny? (2pts)
Lots of ice outdoors and the buildings were far apart; slippery floors, lots of stairs

8.    What is Phineas’ explanation of the war? (2 pts)
He said the fat old men used it to keep the younger ones in line, also to protect their jobs and wealth


9.    Why did Leper enlist?  (2 pts)
He saw the video about skiing troops

10.    Explain the significance of the following quotation:  Everything has to evolve or it perishes.”  (2 pts)
Leper said this about skiing, it can apply to the boys, too, specifically Finny



Extra Credit:  What is Brinker’s nickname?
Yellow Peril

"A Separate Peace" Ch. 10-13 Quiz

Name: __________________________

A Separate Peace Chapters 10-13 Quiz

Answer each question in phrases or sentences.  Each question is worth 2 points.

1.    What is Gene’s theory about why Leper “escaped” the army?



2.    What is the real reason for Leper’s escape?


3.    Why does Finny say that he must accept that the war is real?



4.    During the trial, who is brought in as a surprise witness?


5.    What does this witness say that he saw?


6.    When Finny rushes out of the assembly hall, what happens to him?



7.    When he is in the infirmary, Finny explains to Gene the reason he has been denying the war’s existence.  What is his reason?




8.    When Gene returns to check on Finny’s condition, what has happened to Finny?



9.    What caused this?




10.    What does Brinker’s father think of Gene and Brinker’s plans to join the military?



"A Separate Peace" Ch. 10-13 Quiz Answer Key


A Separate Peace Chapters 10-13 Quiz Answer Key

Answer each question in phrases or sentences.  Each question is worth 2 points.

1.    Why does Gene want to think Leper has “escaped” the army?
He was being chased by spies


2.    What is the real reason for Leper’s escape?
He went crazy; was hallucinating; they were going to give him a Section Eight Discharge (mental reasons)

3.    Why does Finny say that he must accept that the war is real?
Only something that was real could make Leper crazy


4.    During the trial, who is brought in as a surprise witness?
Leper   

5.    What does this witness say that he saw?
He saw someone shake the branch and another person fall out on the day of Finny’s accident

6.    When Finny rushes out of the assembly hall, what happens to him?
He falls down the marble stairs


7.    When he is in the infirmary, Finny explains to Gene the reason he has been denying the war’s existence.  What is his reason?
No one would let him into the military with his broken leg



8.    When Gene returns to check on Finny’s condition, what has happened to Finny?
He has died


9.    What caused this?
His bone marrow leaks into his bloodstream and poisons him



10.    What does Brinker’s father think of Gene and Brinker’s plans to join the military?
He thinks they should be in combat, not just in the Coast Guard