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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 causes the death of many soldiers and others all across the country at the end of WWI?
2. What vision did John's grandfather have?
3. Why had John's grandfather come to Kansas from Maine?
4. What does the pathway in the abolitionist town become?
5. While wandering in Kansas, what does John's father tell him that he saw coming through the doors of his father's church?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does John describe being in the world at night?
2. According to John, what are some of the strangest things about being in the ministry?
3. Describe the preaching John's grandfather did after coming back from the war, and how it affected his listeners.
4. What are John's thoughts on the Lord's Supper? How does his son figure into this account?
5. Briefly recount the story John's grandfather and his friends used to tell about the citizens of a little abolitionist town.
6. Describe John's brother, Edward.
7. Describe the moment of communion John experiences in the ruins of the burned-out church.
8. How does John explain death to people who ask what it is like?
9. Describe how John learned scripture.
10. What are John's thoughts upon hearing a waltz on the radio?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the book, John's recollections influence his perceptions of the present. Describe three or four incidences of how events in John's past have colored his response to events happening in the present. And, conversely, events happening in the present cause him to reinterpret events of his past. Identify and discuss three or four of these accounts.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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