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 confession does John make about Jack as part of a burden of guilt he feels?

2. What theologian does John recommend to Jack to help him with the doctrinal question he raises?

3. What is the name of the article John reads in the Ladies' Home Journal?

4. How old was John when Lila first came to church?

5. Who is it hard for to see good faith in another character, which John states is a "terrible problem"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does John attempt to love Jack?

3. What is John's response to the possibility that there may be something approaching love between Lila and Jack?

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

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. Describe Della's family situation.

8. 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.

9. What is John's point on preaching on Hagar and Ishmael?

10. Describe John's birthday.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Gilead" has a structure like few other novels. Discuss why Robinson chose to not use chapters or other obvious breaks, how this adds or takes away from an understanding of the book, and how such a narrative propels the plot. Consider: Could "Gilead" have been improved by the inclusion of chapter breaks or other demarcations?

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

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.

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