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. Who was John's first wife?

2. What is Theodore Dwight Weld Boughton's job?

3. What did Jack Boughton call John?

4. When John was a child, what did he think the purpose of steeples were?

5. Why did Boughton name his son Jack after John?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does John describe himself as a younger man?

4. Describe how John learned scripture.

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

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

7. What are John's feelings about baseball, and what incidents contributed to those feelings?

8. How does John describe being "imperishable"?

9. What are the basic facts about John's first marriage?

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

Compare John's relationship to his son to the relationship John had with his father. Discuss the similarities and differences. Was John sorry for the way he was brought up by his father? Does John have any regrets as to how he is bringing up his own son? Discuss.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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