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. What was the expectation placed on John and Louisa from childhood?

3. When Jack states that John is in an unconventional marriage himself, what is he referring to?

4. John tells Jack that it is presumptuous to judge the authenticity of anyone's ______________________ .

5. Who was it that said Christianity is a life, not a doctrine?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does John recall Jack's baptism?

2. How does John recall Boughton's parents?

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

4. Describe Della's family situation.

5. What are two memories of pranks that John and Boughton share on Boughton's porch?

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

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

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

9. 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.

10. How does John respond to Jack's question about his family moving to Gilead?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John's grandfather's personal belongings - specifically, the gun and the two shirts - can be considered potent symbols. Discuss what these items might be symbolic of, how other family members respond to them. Consider especially John's mother and father's response.

Essay Topic 2

It is conceivable that Jack Boughton and John's wife Lila have common traits. While John's descriptions of Lila are admittedly sketchy, discuss any parallels between these two characters, but also any significant differences.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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