The Gratitude of Life

Topics: Jump, Jumping, Face Pages: 3 (1219 words) Published: January 19, 2013
A Separate Peace Questions
Chapters 1-3
1. The narrator returns to Devon to see the marble stairs and the tree. 2. Phineas, also known as Finny, is the narrator’s roommate and best friend. 3. Phineas talks Gene into jumping from the tree into the water. 4. The boys were not punished for jumping out of the tree because Finny reminded the faculty of a time of peace. 5. Mr. Prud’homme was the substitute master for the summer session. Mr. Patch-withers was the substitute headmaster. He was also one of the sternest headmasters. 6. The Super Suicide Society of the summer sessions was a pact made by Finny and Gene to remain friends and conquer dangers they may face together. 7. Gene didn’t need to feel any gratitude towards Phineas because it was Finny’s idea to jump off the tree. If Finny had never suggested jumping off the tree, Gene wouldn’t have jumped. 8. Gene continued jumping off the tree limb even though he didn’t want to because he didn’t want to lose face with Phineas. Gene also wanted to remain friends with Finny, and was afraid that defying him in such a way would end their friendship. 9. Blitzball was a game conceived by Finny after expressing his distaste for badminton. The ball was a heavy medicine ball. When receiving the ball, you ran and eventually passed the ball to someone else. There were no teams; instead everyone was enemies with each other. 10. Gene describes his memories of the war years as an extremely negative time. He thought people moved quickly, important things were rare, trains were always late, and as a whole: an extremely horrible time. 11. The swimming record shows Phineas is extremely athletic, gifted, talented, and modest. Finny did not seek recognition. He only wanted the satisfaction of knowing he beat the record. 12. Phineas had just told Gene that he, Gene, was his best friend at Devon school. Chapters 4-5

1. Gene realizes Phineas was jealous of Gene's being head of the class, and...
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