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 was the expectation placed on John and Louisa from childhood?

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

3. What is the revelation about Jack's wife after it is discovered that he has a wife and child?

4. What does Jack call John's son?

5. What did John say was "the last impression I want to have of this world"?

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

3. What are Jack's reasons for coming home to Gilead?

4. What does John believe about the soul in Paradise?

5. How does John attempt to love Jack?

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

7. How does John recall Boughton's parents?

8. Describe Della's family situation.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses dialogue as a narrative technique very rarely. Discuss the author's possible reasons for using dialogue in this fashion, and why it is employed in the parts of the story it is.

Essay Topic 2

C. S. Lewis wrote a partial autobiography, "Surprised by Joy," in 1955. This same concept, of being surprised by feelings of joy, elation, or even peace, is a common thread in "Gilead." Describe evidences in John's life that show that many times he was "surprised by joy," and how this gives understanding into both his character and how he responds to various situations in the book.

Essay Topic 3

In the first section of the book, pages 1 - 8, discuss what expositional elements emerge. Identify and describe the thematic and narrative foundations found in this section and how these themes are carried through the rest of the novel. Select and describe what you think is the central theme of the book.

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