A Separate Peace
A Separate Peace
by John Knowles
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A Separate Peace Questions

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  1. You know all of Gene's great insights at the end of the novel? Do those reflect the point-of-view of Gene the youngster, or Gene the narrator?
  2. Discuss one of literature's biggest questions amongst yourselves: did Gene intentionally cause Finny's accident?
  3. How is the reader made to feel about Gene? Do we judge him for his actions? Condemn him for them? Or is he a sympathetic character?
  4. Some have said that Finny's death feels unwarranted, others that it's necessary for the novel's logical conclusion. What do you think?
  5. Is Phineas too idealized to seem real? Or is his character believable?

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