1. How does Gene describe the school when he visits it as an adult? He described it as, “looking oddly newer than it had fifteen years before”. Saying it seemed more sedate then he remembered, more perpendicular and strait-laced, the windows seemingly more narrow and shinier woodwork, seeming as though a coat of varnish had covered everything for preservation. (Chapter 1, page 1)
What is this an example of? This is an example of imagery.
Why? Gene is describing the school in depth and immense detail, almost taking you to the school as you read.
2. Read the full description of the war and how it affected American life on pages 32-33. It is full of imagery and true description. What does Gene say about it? Gene says that war was and is a reality for him, that he still lives and thinks instinctively in the war’s atmosphere. (Chapter 3, page 32.)
How does it make him feel? That the prevailing color of life in America is a dull, dark green called olive drab – always respectable and always important. (Chapter 3, page 33.)
3. Describe Finny’s character. For example, what does his refusal to make his accomplishments public say about him? Finny is a modest person, and does not like to brag about his accomplishments.
What does the teachers’ attitude toward him suggest about his personality? That his personality is open and free, and that he is not scared/intimidated by his teachers, and shows this by talking with them and treating them as if they are equal.
4. What does Finny say to Gene at the end of Chapter 3? “I hope you’re having a pretty good time here. I know I kind of dragged you away at the point of a gun, but after all, you can’t come to the shore with just anybody and you can’t come by yourself, and at this teen-age period in life, the proper person is your best pal. Which is what you are.” (Chapter 3, page 40.)
Why do you think Gene does not respond? I believe Gene did not respond due to the fact that he knew and Phineas both knew they were best friends, and that it did not need to be stated.
What do you think about their relationship? I believe the two are very close, although Phineas drags Gene into things he does not wish to do, but Gene does not have the courage to tell him no.
What does Gene think of Finny? That Finny is his best friend also. (Chapter 3, page 40.)
1. How does Gene say him and Finny are “even”? Since Finny had won (and been proud to win) the Galbraith Football Trophy and the Contact Sport Award, he says they would be even if he was head of the class on their Graduation Day, made a speech, and won the Ne Plus Ultra Scholastic Achievement Citation, then they both would have come out on top, making them “even”. (Chapter 4, page 43)
How does Gene think Finny is trying to sabotage him? By deliberately setting out to wreck his studies, with relentless games of blitzball, and the incessant nightly meetings of the Super Suicide Society. (Chapter 4, page 45)
Why do you think being “even” with Finny is so important to Gene? I think it is important to Gene to be “even” because he has always had a tinge of jealousy and envy for his best friend, being charismatic, athletic, friendly, etc., making him want to come out on top for once, no matter what.
2. Evaluate Finny’s response to his injury and Gene’s revelation: Finny’s response to his injury is very nonchalant, as if he is not affected by the broken leg at all. It is seen as a bad accident by Finny, and he says that he cannot remember the details of what happened. He hints at a feeling that he had, sensing that Gene had a little something to do with his falling from the tree, especially since Gene was the last thing Finny saw before plummeting into the river. The feeling he is having is believable because Finny – athletic pro that he is – almost always leaps off of the branch perfectly.
Gene’s Revelation: Gene has a revelation about himself and his best...
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