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 did John discover about Lila when she spoke of him "more kindly than I deserve"?

2. What job was Jack holding when his wife became pregnant?

3. What did John blame for confusion where doctrine is concerned?

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

5. Which character said, "Maybe some people aren't so comfortable with themselves"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

10. John writes an extensive contemplation of the Ten Commandments, focusing on the Fifth Commandment. What are some of his thoughts?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is suggested that Jack Boughton might be a descendant of John's grandfather Ames. Identify and discuss any evidences that would support this hypothesis, keeping in mind any traits these two might share and how they are manifested in their two lives.

Essay Topic 2

John preaches a sermon based on the story of Hagar and Ishmael. It is suggested that John's inner life is played out in his sermons. Evaluate the sermons presented in the novel as a whole and discuss other parallels between John's sermons and occurrences in his life.

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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