Gilead Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who does John feel that his son is very much like?

2. What music is playing on the radio that causes John to want to dance?

3. John states that his wife is "an excellent woman, but unschooled in _____________________ "

4. How did John's father die?

5. In John's house, which he has lived in since being a small boy, what is in the home that was the same from his childhood?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance behind the story of the farmer who was murdered with a bowie knife, and what does that have to do with John's grandfather?

2. Describe John's brother, Edward.

3. How does John describe being in the world at night?

4. Describe how John learned scripture.

5. What are John's thoughts on the Lord's Supper? How does his son figure into this account?

6. How does John view Jack Boughton prior to his coming?

7. What was the nature of the meeting John had with the church trustees regarding the church building?

8. What is the story John's father tells him about John Brown's mule?

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

10. What was Jack Boughton's first meeting with Lila like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

C. S. Lewis wrote a partial autobiography, "Surprised by Joy," in 1955. This same concept, of being surprised by feelings of joy, elation, or even peace, is a common thread in "Gilead." Describe evidences in John's life that show that many times he was "surprised by joy," and how this gives understanding into both his character and how he responds to various situations in the book.

Essay Topic 2

John and Jack have an extended conversation on pages 160 - 173. Discuss the nature of this conversation, the different points raised in the course of the conversation, while highlighting the presence of thematically important conflicts. Note, too, any significance to the fact that the conversation took place in the church - which seems to make conversations difficult.

Essay Topic 3

Several important truths about Jack Boughton are revealed on pages 217 - 233. Identify these truths, and discuss how it is shown that Jack might be developing some sense of character.

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