Gilead Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. How does John explain death to people who ask what it is like?

John would say that there is no home in this world. He said that death is simply going home.

2. What are some of the key aspects of John's life that he recounts to his son?

John states that he is dying of a heart condition, that his son came to he and his wife late in life, and that his son is very much like his wife.

3. Why does John feel that his memories of fleeting incidents are so vivid to him?

John feels that he is very close to death, and because of that, simple things - the cat playing with soap bubbles, his son trying to put together a broken crayon - are especially clear to him.

4. According to John, what are some of the strangest things about being in the ministry?

People change the subject when they see the minister coming. Sometimes those same people come into the study and share the most remarkable things. A lot is under the surface of life, John states.

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