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. In John's grandfather's holiday sermon, what does he say the Lord came to him and did?

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

3. John writes, "I don't want to be old. And I certainly don't want to be _____________ ."

4. What trait does Jack possess that John states is almost a curse to him?

5. What is the name of Jack's wife?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe John's birthday.

6. How does John attempt to love Jack?

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

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

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

10. How does John explain the futility of defending beliefs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare John's relationship to his son to the relationship John had with his father. Discuss the similarities and differences. Was John sorry for the way he was brought up by his father? Does John have any regrets as to how he is bringing up his own son? Discuss.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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