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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 music is playing on the radio that causes John to want to dance?

3. When John was a boy, a farmer was murdered with what weapon?

4. How did John break his finger when he was 22?

5. What did John say he dreamed about after his visit to the graveyard?

Short Essay Questions

1. What moves John to tears during his conversation at the church with Jack?

2. What are John's thoughts upon hearing a waltz on the radio?

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

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

5. How does John describe being "imperishable"?

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

7. How does John and other characters think that Boughton will respond to Jack's leaving?

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

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

10. Describe John's brother, Edward.

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

In pages 202 - 215, we have John revealing parts of his character, especially in his relationship with his wife. Discuss those revelations as they deal with his wife. Look for any other summaries of the novel's themes as found in this section, and identify any points which point toward John going through a transition in his beliefs.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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