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 say to Forrest after he saves the person's life in Peking?

2. What does Forrest discover about Army people that's worse than football coaches?

3. What is the special school that Forrest attends considered?

4. How has Forrest been treated in his life?

5. In Chapter 7, who does Forrest hurry to tell about his award, but finds him gone?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what happens when Forrest meets President Lyndon B. Johnson in Chapter 8.

2. Recall what mama and Jenny write Forrest in their letters in Chapter 7.

3. Explain what three factors prove crucial for Forrest going forward in his life after the army.

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

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

6. Describe what happens when Forrest, Doyle, and Bones are sent on a dangerous mission in Vietnam.

7. Summarize how Forrest was raised and his early schooling.

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

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

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

Forrest's wrestling career makes him quite popular and gets him a lot of money. Explore the concepts of greed and honor in Forrest Gump. What is the definition of greed? What is the definition of honor? How can being greedy make a person forget their morals? Which characters are greedy? Which characters are honorable? Is it possible for a character to be both?

Essay Topic 2

When Forrest comes home from Vietnam, he is not treated as a big war hero from the American public; he is confronted with protesters. Examine the anti-war movement during the Vietnam war and analyze its affect on Forrest. Did people willingly sign up to fight in the Vietnam war? What are some examples of things that people did to protest the Vietnam War? How did this movement affect or change history? How does Forrest feel about the people protesting the war?

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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