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 state happened the next day after he heard the story about the wounded Union soldier from his father?

2. What does the doctor tell John to take a shot of every day?

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

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

5. What does John's father offer him in the ruins of the burned-down church?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are two memories of pranks that John and Boughton share on Boughton's porch?

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

3. What does John learn about his grandfather and his encounter with a Union soldier?

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

5. What are the final thoughts about Gilead John shares?

6. What does John believe about the soul in Paradise?

7. How does John describe being "imperishable"?

8. Describe John's birthday.

9. What three things does seeing Jack playing catch with John's son remind him of?

10. Contrast how John felt about Lila when first becoming acquainted with her to how he felt about his first wife, Louisa.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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