A Separate Peace


Discussion Questions

  1. Discuss the conflict between the older generation and the younger generation.
  2. Finny demonstrates a physical superiority to all the other boys. He also demonstrates a moral superiority. How so?
  3. How are the boys insulated from the war at Devon? How is that insulation gradually eroded?
  4. Why does Finny detest convention and conformity? Is Finny really in rebellion against a perceived tyranny, or does he simply realize and act upon his own ability to get what he wants the way he wants it?
  5. At the end of the novel, Gene asserts that Finny was the only one who faced the war without fear. In what does Finny’s confidence rest?
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