1. Gene and Finny are drawn to each other and share some character traits, but they are also very different. List the name of the character then list the characteristics that are unique to Gene or Finny beside their name. Then, list character traits they share.
You can set your answer up like the following:
Gene: List characteristics unique to Gene
Finny: List characteristics unique to Finny
Both: List characteristics common to both
2. At different times in A Separate Peace the weather seems to signal a change in the atmosphere of the action. Make a list of three specific weather descriptions from the novel. (You can use page references along with your description if appropriate.) Then, list the corresponding action in the plot.
An example is provided:
Weather Description: (Pg. 72) “In the air there was only an edge of coolness to imply the coming winter.
Plot Developments: Things have changed at Devon, but it’s as if Gene and Finny are in a holding pattern. The ease of the summer session is gone, but the horrible events that follow in the winter are still a far way off.
3. Compose an essay that describes the significance of the Winter Carnival for Gene. What does it symbolize when Finny opens the carnival by burning a copy of The Iliad? Why is it ironic that the Carnival ends with the arrival of Leper’s telegram announcing his escape? Use at least two specific details from the novel to support your ideas.