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. What relieved Lila when she found out ________________ was not the same as work on Sundays?

2. Who put up the swing for John's son?

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

4. What is the name of the Ames family cat?

5. Who is John's older brother?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the preaching John's grandfather did after coming back from the war, and how it affected his listeners.

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

3. What is the contrast between John's father and his grandfather's views on war?

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

5. Describe the moment of communion John experiences in the ruins of the burned-out church.

6. What are John's thoughts upon hearing a waltz on the radio?

7. What does John learn about his grandfather and his encounter with a Union soldier?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John seems to harbor some resentment to the fact that he is Jack Boughton's namesake. Discuss why this is the case, how this resentment manifests itself, and how he deals with the responsibility of helping forge Jack's character.

Essay Topic 2

The last section of the book, pagers 233 - 247, contains the book's climax. There are three stages to this climax. Identify and discuss each one of these stages.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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