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. What does John recall he and Boughton did as a prank while he was in seminary?

2. What are the fears that John has about Jack Boughton?

3. What does John's wife give him at breakfast on his birthday, wrapped in tissue paper?

4. What does John state is one of the best traits of good people?

5. What did John's son recite to him twice on John's birthday?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does John attempt to love Jack?

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

3. What are John's thoughts on "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine"?

4. Describe the relationship Jack had with a lower-class, uneducated girl.

5. What is the content of the conversation that Jack and Lila have as John feigns being asleep?

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

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

8. How does John recall Boughton's parents?

9. What are some of John's reflections about Jack as a youth?

10. What is the nature of the discussion John and Jack have about predestination?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John and Jack have an extended conversation on pages 160 - 173. Discuss the nature of this conversation, the different points raised in the course of the conversation, while highlighting the presence of thematically important conflicts. Note, too, any significance to the fact that the conversation took place in the church - which seems to make conversations difficult.

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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