Gilead Test | Final 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. After Lila began attending church every Sunday, how did that impact his sermon preparation?

2. Where was Jack's wife's father's church located?

3. What baseball team does Jack Boughton favor?

4. What were Jack Boughton's first words to John after he met him in church the first time?

5. According to John, how does Jack treat words?

Short Essay Questions

1. John states that he doesn't forgive Jack, writing "I wouldn't know were to begin." What provokes this statement?

2. What is the nature of John and Jack's first discussion at the church?

3. Describe Della's family situation.

4. What does John recall about how his grandfather was invited to speak at a town picnic?

5. What does Jack share with John that acts as a prelude to the novel's climax? Share some details about the specifics of Jack's revelation.

6. What is the nature of the conversation John and Boughton have while Lila, their son, and Glory have gone to the movies?

7. How does John recall Boughton's parents?

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

9. How does John attempt to love Jack?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, John's recollections influence his perceptions of the present. Describe three or four incidences of how events in John's past have colored his response to events happening in the present. And, conversely, events happening in the present cause him to reinterpret events of his past. Identify and discuss three or four of these accounts.

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

John is a pastor, as was his father and grandfather before him. The pastorate is obviously linked to the church, and more often than not, the church is identified with a building. Discuss how the church building is a metaphor of the limitations placed on the three generations of Ames men, and how the aging church building in the book is tied to the state we find John in.

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