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 did Jack Boughton call John?

2. How many children does Boughton have?

3. John's grandfather walked out of his father's church during a sermon. Where did the grandfather go?

4. What was John's mother's name?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe John's brother, Edward.

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

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

4. How does John describe being "imperishable"?

5. What is the significance behind the story of the farmer who was murdered with a bowie knife, and what does that have to do with John's grandfather?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

John's wife and son remained unnamed for the majority of the book. His wife's name is heard only from the mouth of Jack Boughton late in the novel. Discuss why Robinson chose not to reveal these names, taking into consideration John's relationship with his immediate family and how he views the two in his own life.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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