A Separate Peace
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A Separate Peace Study Guide

by John Knowles

A Separate Peace study guide contains a biography of John Knowles, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

Chapter 1:

The narrator, Gene, returns to the Devon School in New Hampshire, where he was a student with his friend Phineas 15 years ago, just as World War II began.

The narrative shifts back 15 years, to Gene's days with Phineas. On their first attempt to jump off a huge tree into the river, Phineas, being the daredevil, goes first¬čand Gene is the only one who follows. Gene is normally a conservative, conformist type person, but around Phineas, he consents to break the rules more often.

Chapter 2:

Finny is an anomaly at Devon; he is a good student and athlete, but also a charming, likeable rule-breaker. The substitute headmaster, Mr. Patch-Withers, gives a tea for their class. Mrs. Patch-Withers notices that Finny has used the school tie as his…

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Posted By reilly a #378755 at Jul 13, 2014 1:57 PM

According to one literary critic, Gene's separate peace is the creation of his character from the inside rather than from the pressures of those around him. Is this true based on what you have read about the novel?

A. Yes, because Gene can create his separate peace only after Finny is gone.

B. Yes, because Gene blindly follows what Brinker does.

C. No, because a separate peace is referring to end of World War II.

D. No, because it is Finny, not Gene, who is easily influenced by others.

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