Forrest Gump Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Winston Groom
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mr. Wilkins make Forrest do that makes him feel like a fool?

2. After staying briefly in a dorm room, where does Forrest move to at college?

3. Where does Forrest head to find Jenny in Chapter 11?

4. What is the name of the doctor who examines Forrest in Chapter 4?

5. How does Forrest describe the food in the Army?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Forrest and Jenny's relationship in Chapter 4.

2. Recall what happens during and after Forrest's first University of Alabama football game.

3. Give two examples from that text that demonstrate how Forrest is treated when he gets home from Vietnam.

4. Describe what happens when Forrest and Jenny are reunited in Chapter 10.

5. Describe what Lt. Dan writes Forrest in his goodbye note, and how Forrest feels about it.

6. Explain what happens to Forrest's best friend Bubba in Chapter 6.

7. Describe what happens to Forrest at the beginning of Chapter 5 that has to do with college.

8. Describe where Forrest first stays at the University of Alabama.

9. Recall how Forrest meets his friend Bubba.

10. Explain what the Mose, the drummer from The Cracked Eggs, introduces to Forrest in Chapter 11 and how it affects Forrest.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 10, Forrest is reunited with his childhood friend, Jenny. Forrest almost doesn't recognize Jenny because of how much she has changed. This reinvention of oneself was not unusual during the late 1960's. Analyze the character of Jenny, and explore how much she has changed throughout the novel. What kind of person is Jenny now? How has she changed? Does Forrest like these differences?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the theme of Forrest's unfaltering determination, particularly when it comes to Jenny. What is determination? How and why is this a quality that Forrest possesses? Why is Forrest so determined to find Jenny again and again? Why is she so important to him? How does Forrest's determination sometimes get him into trouble?

Essay Topic 3

The suspension of disbelief is the reader's passing acceptance of story elements as believable, regardless of how far-fetched they may seem in real life. Explore the use of suspension of disbelief in Forrest Gump, analyzing the affect on the overall story. What is suspension of disbelief? How is this an effective literary tool in Forrest Gump?

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