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 was John's father's name?

2. What are John's feelings about the two young men who worked at the garage as he passed them on the street?

3. How old is John's son?

4. What does John's father bury and tell him not to dig up?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Jack share with John that acts as a prelude to the novel's climax? Share some details about the specifics of Jack's revelation.

3. What is John's response to the possibility that there may be something approaching love between Lila and Jack?

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

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

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

7. What is the content of the conversation that Jack and Lila have as John feigns being asleep?

8. Describe the nature of the letters Edward is sending home to his father and brother.

9. How does John give Lila instruction prior to her baptism, and what is the nature of this instruction?

10. Briefly recount the story John's grandfather and his friends used to tell about the citizens of a little abolitionist town.

Essay 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

It is conceivable that Jack Boughton and John's wife Lila have common traits. While John's descriptions of Lila are admittedly sketchy, discuss any parallels between these two characters, but also any significant differences.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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