Using Bloom's Taxonomy, write two questions for "A Separate Peace", one for SYNTHESIS and one for EVALUATION.

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Synthesis means to compile information together in a different way (combining elements in a new pattern or proposing alternative solutions). So, we'd want to look at how we can apply that to the novel. One easy way to do this is to ask "what if" questions. An example might be: How might Gene's life have been different if Finny had survived the 2nd fall? This asks us to consider what we know about Gene's personality and apply it to a new situation. Or: If Finny had been accepted into the military, what would his job be? Why?

Evaluation questions ask the student to present and defend opinions by making judgments about information, validity of ideas or quality of work based on a set of criteria. These questions require you to assess a work, analyze an argument, etc. An example for the novel might be: Appraise Gene's mental state and how it changes throughout the novel. This asks you to make a judgment about Gene's mental state & how it might affect his actions. Another example would be: Evaluate whether Gene and Finny are moral characters. So you would have to argue whether each follows established ideas of morality or not.

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