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A Separate Peace Teaching Unit
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- How responsible do you think Gene is for Finny’s death?
- Identify these minor characters as individuals and types: Leper, Brinker, Quackenbush, and Mr. Ludsbury.
- Compare and contrast Finny and Huck Finn.
- Analyze the point of view in the novel, noting in particular that the events actually take place fifteen years before the novel opens.
- Discuss human nature and instinct. How do they affect everyday life?
- Discuss these events in relation to the theme: the Winter Carnival, the mock trial, and Finny’s death.
- Some critics compare Devon in that summer of 1942 to the Garden of Eden. If this is so, what does the tree on the riverbank symbolize, or, to what other tree from the Bible might the riverbank tree be compared? Following through on this analogy, what is the condition of the boys before the experience with the tree, and what is their condition after the experience with the tree?
- In what sense is this a novel about good and evil? In what sense could this be considered a psychological novel?
- What is the significance of this title? How does it relate to the narrator’s observations in the last chapter, and how do both relate to the novel’s major theme?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.