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. Why does John Ames tell his son that he might be gone sometime?

3. In Gilead, what denomination attracted new people and young people after the Civil War?

4. What does John have stored in boxes upstairs in his house?

5. What biblical character does John compare Jack to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the key aspects of John's life that he recounts to his son?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe how John learned scripture.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John's grandfather's personal belongings - specifically, the gun and the two shirts - can be considered potent symbols. Discuss what these items might be symbolic of, how other family members respond to them. Consider especially John's mother and father's response.

Essay Topic 2

Christianity and interpretations of the bible play an important role in the book's actions and themes. Discuss whether or not unfamiliarity with the bible is a handicap in understanding Gilead. Consider whether or not this is a "religious" book, and defend your answer. Discuss whether the book would appeal to or be a turn-off to someone with little or no interest in religion, and why.

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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