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 does John say "you never quite get used to"?

2. What vision did John's grandfather have?

3. According to John, visions sometimes only come under what circumstances?

4. What letter does Boughton think should be excluded from the alphabet?

5. When John and his father visited the graveyard, his father said, "I would never have thought this place could be ..."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does John describe being "imperishable"?

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

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

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

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

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

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 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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