Name:English 201 Period
A Separate Peace Study GuideDate
- As you read A Separate Peace, answer the questions in the study guide to be sure that you understand everything that you have read. Answers should be written in complete sentences.
- At the end of the unit, this packet will be collected and it will count as THREE homework grades.
- DO NOT lose this study guide.If you do, you will be required to print it off of my Catapult page yourself and fill in any answers you lost yourself.
Ch 1 Questions
- Who is telling the story and from what point of view?
- What are the two things the narrator wants to see? Why might these be important?
- What observations does Gene make about himself in relation to the school?
- How has his perception changed? How do you know?
- What is the basic setting (time and place) of the novel’s flashback?
- What type of qualities does Finny seem to possess in this first chapter? Gene?
- How does Gene seem to respond to Finny? What type of relationship do they have?
- Finny says he “shamed” Gene into jumping. Do you agree with Finny? Why or why not?
Ch 2 Questions
- How is the summer session different that the regular school year? What seems to be the reason for this?
- What is Finny’s emblem? What is his view of it?
- Gene thinks Finny will get in trouble at the Tea. How does Gene react when Finny doesn’t get in trouble?
- What does Gene’s reaction tell you about his character?
- Gene jumps out of the tree a second time – does he want to?
- What do the boys establish at the end of chapter 2?
- Gene claims that Finny saved his life. Is this true? If so, how do you think Gene feels about it?
Ch. 3 Questions
- How does Gene feel about Finny at the beginning of the chapter?
- Who fills the roles of leader and follower in the book? What characteristics put each in their role?
- What game does Finny create? What does this tell you about his character (what does he value, etc.)?
- What does Gene claim is reality to him? What time period? What age?
- Why does Gene go along with Finny’s ideas?
- Explain the last paragraph of the chapter, especially the last line: “Perhaps I was stopped by that level of feeling, deeper than thought, which contains the truth.”
Ch. 4 Questions
- Finny states, “You never waste your time. That’s why I have to do it for you.” Based on Gene’s character traits, does Gene see this as a friendly thing to do?
- How does Gene interpret Finny’s reaction to Gene wanting to be the top student in their class? Do you agree with Gene’s view?
- Are Gene and Finny equal in enmity? Why? Give an example from the text.
- A character trait of suspicion is evident in Gene – is it warranted? Do you feel Finny is out to get him?
- Is Finny’s response to Gene about going to the tree genuine? Do you think this is a plot against Gene? What does Gene think?
- What reaction do you have to the last paragraph of Chapter 4? Do you learn anything about the characters from it?
Ch. 5 Questions
- What is the significance of Finny’s injury?
- What does Finny think happened in the tree? Do you think this is how he really feels or how he wants to feel? Explain.
- Why do you think Gene needs to wear Finny’s pink shirt?
- Where does Gene’s confession take place? Does your opinion of Gene change as he confesses to Finny? Why or why not?
- Why do you think Finny reacts the way he does to the confession?
Ch. 6 Questions
- Gene feels the following quote, “If you broke the rules, then they broke you” is true. Do you agree? Why or why not?
- Explain the difference between what the two rivers symbolize.
- How has Gene changed since the summer session? What types of differences do you see in his character?
- Why do you think Gene becomes a manager of crew – instead of playing a sport? How does Quackenbush respond to Gene?
- Gene says he hit Quackenbush for Finny. What does he mean by this?
- Gene receives an unexpected phone call – who from and what is the outcome of this call?
Ch. 7 Questions
- Who is the first person to accuse Gene of harming Finny? Is the accusation serious?
- Describe the situation in the Butt Room – is it serious? How does Gene react to the accusations?
- “The War is a bore” – what can you make of this poem? What can you infer about the author’s perspective on the war?
- Why does Gene want to join the war?
- Give a brief character description of Leper. What type of person does he seem to be?
- Who first states that he will enlist – why might he want to enlist on this day?
- What surprise does Gene receive at the end of Chapter 7?
Ch. 8 Questions
- Why are there no maids?
- Finny, in Gene’s mind, is shocked by Gene’s possible enlistment. What does this tell you about Finny?
- What is the atmosphere between Gene and Finny when Finny first returns?
- What do you think is the reason Finny denies there is a war?
- What is Finny’s explanation for the “war”? Who created it and why?
- How does Finny feel about his injury? How does he hide his weakness?
- What is Finny training Gene for? Why do you think it is important to Finny and why does Gene go along with it?
Ch. 9 Questions
- Who is the first to enlist? Are you surprised by this?
- What reason is given for enlistment?
- Why does Finny stop going to the Butt Room?
- Whose idea is the Winter Carnival? What is the event like? What are a few of the prizes?
- Who receives a telegram at the end of the chapter? What does it say? Why is this important?
Ch. 10 Questions
- What is the Christmas location?
- What does Gene initially think Leper escaped from? Why?
- How does Leper act during Gene’s visit? Is this behavior different than earlier in the book?
- What type of discharge is a Section Eight? How does Leper feel about this?
- What does Leper have to say about Finny’s accident? How does Gene respond?
- Leper has delusional visions – like what?
- Predict – why do you think the visit with Leper bothers Gene so much?
Ch. 11 Questions
- What is in progress when Gene returns to school – why is this a problem for him?
- What fear does Gene have about Finny being too physical?
- Brinker says that Finny is out for the duration – is this true? How does Finny seem to feel about it?
- What assumption about Gene enlisting does Brinker make? How is Finny involved? Do you agree with Brinker?
- Finny says he doesn’t believe in books or teachers. What does he believe in? Why?
- Whose appearance finally lets Finny admit there is a war on?
- Why do Brinker and other students take Gene and Finny to the assembly room?
- Who mentions Leper being on campus? Why is he brought to the trial?
- Summarize what Leper saw in the tree. Does he place blame on anyone for the accident?
- How does the chapter end? Finny’s reaction and consequent actions.
Ch. 12 Questions
- Gene realizes that Finny didn’t see his aid as help – why not?
- What is the consequence of Finny’s second fall? How does Dr. Stanpole seem to feel about his condition?
- How does Finny react to Gene’s visit – is his reaction warranted?
- What do you learn about Finny’s thoughts on the war during Gene’s second visit? Does it surprise you that Finny wanted to be part of the war?
- What does Gene think of Finny being in the war?
- Do the boys seem s to reach a point of forgiveness?
- What unexpected event happens at the end of the chapter? How do you feel about it?
Ch. 13 Questions
- What part of the school is dedicated to the war and why?
- How does Brinker’s dad seem to feel about the war?
- What are Gene and Brinker’s plans for the war?
- How has Finny affected Gene’s life?
- Gene says he killed his enemy during his time at school. What was his enemy? And did he kill it?
- In the end – do you think Gene realizes that Finny was not out to sabotage him? Explain your reasons.