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. What does the pathway in the abolitionist town become?

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

4. What did John and his father trade with the widow for her two boiled eggs and two boiled potatoes?

5. What is the color of John's son's favorite shirt?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What three things does seeing Jack playing catch with John's son remind him of?

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

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

5. What are John's feelings and descriptions of baptism?

6. What are some of John's comments on water?

7. Describe some of the events John and his father faced in their journey to Kansas.

8. What are some of John's impressions of Tobias and his son?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the section encompassing pages 86 - 104, an image of communion is presented, as it is throughout the novel. Consider the significance of this ritual outside the walls of a church. Discuss what the implication of this event is, especially in light of the theme of the relationship between fathers and sons outside the realm of religion. Factor in, too, the relationship between John and Jack.

Essay Topic 2

John's wife and son remained unnamed for the majority of the book. His wife's name is heard only from the mouth of Jack Boughton late in the novel. Discuss why Robinson chose not to reveal these names, taking into consideration John's relationship with his immediate family and how he views the two in his own life.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses dialogue as a narrative technique very rarely. Discuss the author's possible reasons for using dialogue in this fashion, and why it is employed in the parts of the story it is.

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