1. Why does Gene change his mind about enlisting in the military after he tells Brinker he will? A. Gene thinks he is too young and is afraid of going to war. B. Gene decides that if Finny can’t enlist because of his leg, he won’t either. C. Gene realizes he made a foolish remark about enlisting. D. Gene doesn’t want to leave Devon because Finny has returned.
2. Gene says, “But I was used to finding something deadly in things that attracted me; there was always something deadly lurking in anything I wanted, anything I loved. ” What is this an example of? A. Simile B. Allusion C. Foreshadowing D. Flashback 3. What does Finny’s willingness to jump from the tree, his natural ability at blitzball, and his smooth-talking ways make him? A. Smart B. Reckless C. I’mpressive D. Popular 4. Why is it impossible for readers to know how Finny really feels about not being able to participate in athletics after his fall? A. Finny is too upset and angry to talk about his feelings after the accident. B. Gene narrates the story, so readers don’t know what Finny is thinking. C. Finny is in denial and believes he’ll be able to play sports again. D. Gene thinks Finny will be okay, so Gene doesn’t ask Finny how he feels about it.
5. Why is the Winter Session at Devon more structured and by-the-book than the Summer Session?A. Winter is bleak and there isn’t much to do around Devon. B. The war has started, and everyone has become more serious. C. The young, fun teachers have all left for the war. D. The Devon tradition of rules and routines was broken over the summer.
6. Why does Finny rush out of the Assembly Room during the inquiry? A. Finny feels it is no one’s business and says that he doesn’t care. B. Finny is annoyed with the boys for bringing up his fall from the tree. C. Finny doesn’t want to confront the unpleasant truth that Gene caused his fall. D. Finny does it for dramatic effect, to make the boys feel bad.
7. Which best describes the conflict that Finny faces after he breaks his leg? A. Finny is in conflict with Gene because Gene can run and train while Finny cannot. B. Finny is in conflict with the boys because he doesn’t want them to talk about Gene hurting him. C. Finny is in conflict with himself because he is in denial about Gene causing the accident. D. Finny is in conflict with Gene because Gene won’t apologize for causing Finny to fall.
8. Gene’s jouncing the tree limb causes Finny to fall and break his leg. What does Gene’s decision to jounce the limb symbolize? A. Gene’s uncertainty about whether or not to jump. B. Finny’s challenge to Gene to jump into the river. C. Gene’s desire to bring Finny down to his low level. D. Gene’s confidence in Finny’s athletic ability.
9. What does Finny reveal about himself when he tells Gene that he considers Gene his best friend? A. Finny is brave and not afraid to show his true feelings. B. Finny is overly sensitive and clingy. C. Finny is insecure and is looking for reassurance from Gene. D. Finny is lonely at Devon and is desperate to make friends.
10. Why does Leper change from a peaceful nature lover to being confrontational and brutally honest with his friends? A. Leper is angry that he is the only boy from Devon who has gone to war. B. Leper has grown from a sheltered boy to a worldly man who has seen war. C. Leper is fed up with the boys teasing him and is finally standing up for himself. D. Leper thinks the boys are being childish and need to be made aware of the outside world. 11. Read Gene’s description of Devon at the beginning of the Winter Session. The Summer Session was over. It had been the school’s first, but this was its one hundred and sixty-third Winter Session, and the forces reassembled for it scattered the easygoing summer spirit like so many fallen leaves. What do these lines suggest to readers, and how do the lines affect the mood of the novel? A. Gene feels happy that the foolishness of summer has ended and he can get back to normalcy, so the lines create a dignified mood. B. Gene is upset that summer is over and now he’ll have to work hard, so the lines create a mood of anxiety. C. Gene realizes that like summer, Finny is gone, so the lines create a mood of sadness. D. Gene realizes the boys’ carefree youth is over and it is time to grow up, so the lines create a mood of apprehension. 12. What do the jokes the boys make about Leper’s being a hero actually indicate to Gene? A. The boys’ hope for a speedy end to the war. B. The boys’ fear of having to fight in the war themselves. C. The boys’ knowledge of the truth about Finny’s injury. D. The boys’ hatred of Leper. Essentially — It’s “A Separate PEACE,” not “Piece,” and it’s available in many libraries and cheap used-book stores. Get a copy and start reading.