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A Separate Peace Literature Unit - activities, vocabulary, quizzes

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A Separate Peace

To liven up a dull winter, Finny invents the Devon Winter Carnival, an event that takes place on the banks of the Naguamsett River and includes sports, snow statues, food, and music. Finny presides over the action, which includes a ski jump, a prize table, and jugs of hard cider, guarded by Brinker. At the signal, Chet Douglass blows his trumpet, and the boys attack Brinker to raid the hard cider. In the midst of the riot, Gene pours cider down Brinker's throat, and Brinker declares the Games open.

John Knowles - A Separate Peace - LibGuides at Phillips Exeter

Gene is struggling with his sense of identity throughout the novel. He resents when Finny teases him for his preoccupation with the rules he’s jealous of Finny’s personality and athleticism he even creates a story about living in a town three states south of his own to give his background an air of southern romanticism that it just doesn’t have. As he progresses throughout the novel, however, he finds himself more at peace the more he learns from Finny. Finally, Finny’s death brings an end to Gene’s internal struggle as he realizes that his own insecurities were his biggest enemy.

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A Separate Peace and Film
As they work with the novel, students also work with Legends of the Fall and produce a short digital movie. Adobe Reader or compatible application needed for access to this 66-page document.

A primary theme of A Separate Peace is friendship, and the dynamics and complexities that come along with such a topic. A good introduction to the novel is to have students list the “good” and “bad” characteristics of friends, and create a common list among the class that everyone can understand. Then, have students track specific examples of whether or not Gene is a good friend throughout each chapter. By the end of the novel, students usually have strong opinions and evidence to back up their thoughts about Gene as a friend to Finny. Have students use this evidence in a six-cell storyboard to illustrate their opinion as to whether Gene is a good friend or a bad friend to Finny.

When Leper enlists as the first volunteer from Devon, he disappears, almost without a word, into the world of war. The silence surrounding Leper's leave-taking and the lack of information about his part in the war encourages wildly imaginative tales that Brinker weaves into the Leper legend. The hapless Leper, Brinker jokes, must be the hero behind all the victories the Devon boys read about in the papers — a kind of ubiquitous Kilroy.

Big Three the leaders of the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union, the most powerful Allied nations in World War II.

When the outside world suddenly invades with the arrival of a telegram for Gene, Finny tries, imaginatively, to transform the telegram into Gene's invitation to the 6999 Olympics — the confirmation in reality of an enduring dream. But Gene himself opens the envelope, and any idea of the Olympics vanishes. The message, in fact, comes from Leper and urgently calls Gene to join him at Christmas location — an odd code name, whose very secretiveness seems to evoke the dangers of war.

Leper goes against the constructs of society by losing his mind and going AWOL from the Army. He is unable to deal with the demands of training, which is something that is expected of all men during this time of war in the 6995s. He is also not expected to desert his post and flee to his parents’ house, which is considered both illegal, and dishonorable.