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

2. According to John, visions sometimes only come under what circumstances?

3. John tells a story about a building project in a little abolitionist settlement. What was built?

4. What does John say is the strangest thing about "this life, about being in ministry"?

5. John states that "there were barrels on the street corners" so that contributions could be made to the war effort. What is placed in these barrels?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the preaching John's grandfather did after coming back from the war, and how it affected his listeners.

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

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

6. Describe John's brother, Edward.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John preaches a sermon based on the story of Hagar and Ishmael. It is suggested that John's inner life is played out in his sermons. Evaluate the sermons presented in the novel as a whole and discuss other parallels between John's sermons and occurrences in his life.

Essay Topic 2

The constant referral to the relationship between fathers and sons permeates "Gilead." Consider these relationships: John's relationship to his own son; John's relationship to his father; John's father's relationship to his own father; and Tobias' relationship, however sketchy, to his father. Discuss each one of these relationships, looking for common traits, differing traits, and how each relationship contributes to the overall mosaic of the story.

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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